Chelsea have completed the protracted signing of Ross Barkley from Everton on a five-and-a-half year deal.
The Premier League champions are understood to have paid £15million for the midfielder, whose Everton deal had been due to expire at the end of the season.
Barkley, who will wear the No.8 shirt at Stamford Bridge, said: “I’m overwhelmed, I’m looking forward to it and I’m really excited to get started.
“To be given a fresh start at a new club like Chelsea, it’s unbelievable for me.
I’m looking forward to continuing where I left off at the end of last season and hoping to improve and add more goals to my game”.
Speaking about the prospect of singing Barkley atonio Conte said: “I think the club decided for this investment for the contract. It’s a good opportunity to buy this player.
“He has a lot of space for improvement. He’s strong physically and has good technique. He had a bad injury and surgery. He’s not played for seven months.”