Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has said that Ross Barkley’s move to the Premier League champions collapsed, because the Everton midfielder could not reach him.
Addressing the media on Friday, Conte insisted that a player’s desire to join a club, is more important than speaking to the coach as Barkley reportedly disregarded a move to Chelsea on deadline day during his medicals.
“If a player has great desire to play for a great club, he signs. Sometimes it’s important for the manager to speak to a player before he signs. Other times it’s not. Yes (I have signed players without speaking to them).
“I don’t want to speak about my English experience. But when I was at Juventus, players signed for Juventus. Not for the manager,” Conte said.