Everton midfielder, Barkley rejected a move to Chelsea due to Antonio Conte turning his phone off, Joey Barton said.

Ross Barkley almost sealed a move a move to Stamford Bridge but opted to stay at Goodison Park on transfer deadline day.

The England international said he wants to be fully fit before he makes a decision over his future as he is currently out injured.

‘I simply decided that due to my injury, it would be best to make a decision on my future and assess all my options in January when fully fit,’ Barkley said.

There were reports that Conte does not get directly involved in the club’s transfer deals, former Premier League star Barton now claims that the Italian could not be contacted by Barkely’s representatives on deadline day which put Barkely off a deal.

‘I heard a really interesting thing about what happened with the Ross Barkley transfer. Conte turned his phone off and Barkley’s representatives were trying to contact him,’ said the former Newcastle player on talkSPORT.

‘He wanted to say “look, where am I going to play”, and Conte turned his phone off. That is why Barkley got cold feet and never signed.

‘He thought, “well, if the manager isn’t answering the phone to me he clearly doesn’t want me”, and that is why he went back to Everton.’

Chelsea could however return for Barkely in January according to reports.

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