Thomas Tuchel has asked Chelsea outcast for patience after failed summer move

Ross Barkley failed to secure a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer.

The 27-year old midfielder was one of the brightest talents in English football but his opportunities in Chelsea will be limited this season due to the arrival of Saul Niguez.

He is unlikely to play for the Blues before the January transfer window and Tuchel insists that the squad doesn’t rely on his performance.

“He is also asking himself the same questions and maybe all of us here, to be honest, don’t have the answers,” Chelsea’s manager said. “I’m sure that he worries a lot about the situation: ‘How can it come so far that right now I’m in between the chairs and don’t really know where I belong?’

“I don’t have these answers because I don’t know him long enough. All the advice I can give to Ross right now and what I did say was: ‘Stay humble, get it off your shoulders, all the opinions, all the expectations from everybody, all the past, what could have been, if I did this, if I did that.’

“It does not help in the moment. We have a certain adaptation to intensity and to the impact of the group on him. He is part of the training group. He does not have to love the situation but he needs to accept it in a positive way.”


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