Former Everton manager Alan Stubbs has claimed that Ross Barkley rejected the chance to sign for Chelsea during the last summer due to fear of not getting enough game-time.
The English international had come out to reveal that he will not be signing a new deal at the Goodisson Park despite being offered a lucrative deal, sparking frenzy over his future with the Toffees.
The likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal were believed to have monitored his situation as they look to add more faces to their respective squads.
Chelsea were the closest to notching a deal for Barkley during the latter stages of the transfer window, with reports that the league champions agreed a £35million deal with Everton over the signature of the midfielder. However, reports emerged that the Englishman changed his mind while undergoing a medical with the Blues much to the surprise of many who had thought he already signed for the Stamford Bridge outfit.
Speaking about Ross Barkley’s failed move to Chelsea, Stubbs told Daily Star: ‘Yes [there was doubt in his mind].
‘It looked like Chelsea was his destination but he had a change of heart at the last minute and decided against it. ‘The one thing that Ross would have wanted was that he would be starting games and Chelsea couldn’t promise him that.
‘That wasn’t going to be the something either was it going to be a case and that’s one main of the reasons why he decided to stay at Everton. ‘Will someone as good as Chelsea come in for him in January? Probably not.’