Aston Villa manager thanks Chelsea for giving him Ross Barkley

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Ross Barkley has been a revelation for Aston Villa, having joined the Villans on loan until the end of the season.

The 26-year-old has been in fine form since his loan move to Aston Villa, and he even scored a debut goal in the 7-2 demolition of Liverpool.

Barkley was at it again over the weekend, as he scored a late goal to help Villa beat Leicester City 1-0 away from home.

Villa boss Dean Smith is happy with the impact of Barkley, and has thanked Chelsea for loaning him to them.

“He’s a high-calibre player. I’m thankful to Chelsea that they’ve loaned him to us,” said Smith.

“I sold him the project here and told him I’ll get him in the Euros squad and he’s going to try and help us win football games. He’s certainly done that in his first couple.

“He couldn’t have started better. Being a Blue, getting that win and scoring against the Reds (in a 7-2 win before the break) and then getting that in the 91st minute couldn’t have been a better start for him or us.

“It was a tough game and that bit of quality shone through at the end.”

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