Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley is wary of the reception that would be met out to him by the Everton fans when Chelsea faced the Toffees on Sunday in the Premier League on Sunday.
Barkley forced a move to Chelsea in January from Everton after he refused to extend his contract with the club and he incurred the fans wrath as he left Goodison Park on the cheap for as low as £15m after spending 13 years at the Everton.
The 24-year-old midfielder is enjoying his time under Maurizio Sarri he helped his side to a dramatic comeback against Manchester United in their 2-2 draw and also started in the Europa League against BATE Borisov.
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Barkley is already wary of how Everton fans will react to seeing him in a Chelsea shirt and said: "I don't think it (the reception) will be the best.
"I was approaching 25 and I felt looking back I could have improved a lot more [at Everton]. At Chelsea, I knew I'd improve a lot quicker around better players, world-class players.
"I'm not nervous, I'm excited to play against my former club and team-mates - I understand how some of them play, so that could be an advantage for me.
"On the day I might get a few nerves as it will feel a bit strange. I'm looking forward to catching up with some of the staff there who I used to get on really well with."