Ross Barkley has denied claims that he undertook a medical at Chelsea, insisting he will wait until he regains fitness to decide on his next destination.

The Everton midfielder, whose contract expires at the end of the season, was the subject of a £35million deadline day bid from Chelsea and looked destined for a move to Stamford Bridge until the final hours of the transfer window.

Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri claimed that Barkley had pulled out of the deal after undergoing a medical at London Cobham but the playmaker has denied these suggestions.

Instead Barkley cited his hamstring tear as the reason for his remaining at Everton past the closure of the transfer window.

He wrote on Twitter: “Contrary to a number of reports in the press, I did not undertake a medical with any club at any point.

“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.

“Thanks for all the support.”

Standard Sport revealed on Friday that Tottenham, who have long been among the leading contenders for Barkley’s signature, intend to resume their bid for the England international in January.

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Arsenal also stand to be among the contenders for Barkley’s signature whilst his comments would suggest he will still consider a move to Chelsea. 

Source: https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/everton-star-ross-barkley-denies-taking-chelsea-medical-as-he-weighs-up-january-options-a3625506.html