Aston Villa boss names 2 reasons why he won’t sign Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley

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27 year old Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley spent the season on loan at Aston Villa but will return to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

Back in February, it appeared as though Villa might look to secure Barkley on a permanent deal but that will no longer happen.

According to Aston Villa boss Dean Smith, Barkley won’t join Aston Villa on a permanent deal because injuries and poor form hampered his season-long loan spell at Aston Villa.

“There was a lot right and when he signed, we knew we had signed an excellent individual and he proved that in his first game against Liverpool,” Smith said.

“He scored the winner the following game against Leicester and then unfortunately he got an injury which halted his momentum because he was playing excellently. He got injured against Brighton and didn’t come back until after our Covid break.

“That coincided with a lot of indifferent form from us as a team – not just Ross – and it never happened as much as we’d have liked it to.

“I certainly can’t fault the guy’s ability or his attitude and I’ve really enjoyed working with him.”

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