Ross Barkley breaks silence on shock-free transfer to Nice, with the ex-Chelsea star due 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 tearing up his £110,000-a-week contract with Chelsea.

Ross Barkley waves to Nice fans during his presentation

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Ross Barkley waves to Nice fans during his presentation

And it was thanks to the French club’s summer rush, 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 growth project over several years.

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

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

“I could see him in his teams in Switzerland or Germany, I saw how his teams played and that influenced my choice a lot.”

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

“An ambitious club that I’m excited and grateful to be a part of. I’ve loved the first few days of training and I’m 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 helped him.

He said: “I’m an attacking player, I like to help by scoring goals or passing, but I also like running back to defend.

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

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

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