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Ross Barkley breaks silence on shock free transfer to Nice with ex-Chelsea star in line for debut on Sunday

, Ross Barkley breaks silence on shock free transfer to Nice with ex-Chelsea star in line for debut on Sunday

ROSS BARKLEY revealed Nice’s “ambition” convinced him to join the club.

The midfielder made the shock free transfer last week after ripping up his £110,000-a-week Chelsea contract.

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And it was thanks to the French club’s summer spree – which saw the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Kasper Schmeichel and Nicolas Pepe arrive – that he made the move.

Barkley, 28, said: “Nice is an ambitious club. President Rivere and Dave Brailsford explained to me the club’s project for growth over several years.

“Jim Ratcliffe also convinced me to come here and help the team progress.

“What also convinced me to come was the coach. He is a great European coach, who plays attacking football.

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“I was able to see him in his teams in Switzerland or Germany, I saw the way his teams played and that is something that guided my choice a lot.”

He added in an Instagram post: “Delighted to have joined @OGCNice.

“An ambitious club that I’m excited and grateful to be a part of. Loved the first few days of training and looking forward to the games ahead. #IssaNissa

Manager Lucien Favre admitted he had no idea what Barkley’s position was.

But the former England ace has given him a helping hand.

He said: “I am an attacking player, I like to help by scoring or passing, but I also like to track back to defend.

“I can play as a 10 or a false 9, I’m a fairly versatile player.”

Barkley, who said he feels in “very good physical condition”, is in contention to make his debut against Ajaccio on Sunday.

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