Ross Barkley: Why I left Chelsea for Aston Villa

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Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley will spend the remainder of the 2020/21 season on loan in the Premier League with Aston Villa.

According to Barkley, he left Chelsea for Aston Villa because he hasn’t played often enough at Stamford Bridge in the last couple of years.

“The last couple of years I’ve been stop-start, performing well and then being out of the team,” Barkley told the official Aston Villa website after completing his loan move.

“To come here and have the chance to play and perform regularly is a big thing for me. With the Euros at the end of the season, it’s a big target for me and hopefully I can be there.

“Dean Smith swayed me with the way he spoke to me, and it looks like it’s going to be an exciting season.”

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