Ross Barkley will undergo a medical on Friday before completing a £15 million move to Chelsea, a source close to the deal has said.
Asked about Ross Barkley on Friday, Conte told a news conference: “I think that if there is news, the club will inform you. This is the right way.
“For sure we’re talking about a young player, an English player. He can have good prospects for Chelsea. I think the club decided on this investment also for his contract.
“He’s very young. He has a lot of space for improvement. He’s very strong physically, good technique. He’s a good prospect but at the same time, it will be very important to understand when he can recover from his injury.
“He had a bad injury and has not played for seven months. We have to hope to recover him very quickly & have him for the rest of the season.”
Barkley, 24, has not featured for Everton this season as he recovers from a long-term hamstring injury, but the Merseyside club began to plan for life without him last summer by signing Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Davy Klaassen.
Support InfoStride News' Credible Journalism: Only credible journalism can guarantee a fair, accountable and transparent society, including democracy and government. It involves a lot of efforts and money. We need your support. Click here to Donate