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“A Real Coup” – Villa Confirm Statement Signing & Many Will Want International To Stay

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There had been a spike in speculation in recent days linking Aston Villa with a potential loan move for either of Chelsea duo Ross Barkley or Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Plenty of fans wondered if such a deal could potentially be done, and then, which player would be best suited to help drive us on in the 2020/21 campaign – and the rumours were true.

Earlier today, Villa announced the season long loan capture of 26-year-old England international midfielder Barkley.

With 33 caps to his name, he’s made 52 appearances for Chelsea since arriving at Stamford Bridge from Everton back in January 2018 and across his career, he boasts over 200 starts and well over 250 games in total – returning 42 goals across all competitions.

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Speaking to the Official Site to announce his capture, head coach Dean Smith said of Barkley.

“Capturing a player of Ross’s quality is a real coup for our Club and I am certain he will thrive here and improve our team.”

Barkley is cup-tied for the EFL Cup having featured and scored in Chelsea’s 6-0 victory over Barnsley last week, but he’ll be a decent addition, especially if he can recapture the form that earned him a move to Chelsea in the first place.

Let’s hope there’s a buy clause in place if all goes well.

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  • Villa4Ever says:

    Fantastic signing! I think he’ll fit in well, wasted talent at Chelsea that’s for sure. Wish the big man all the best, and I believe with his ambitions of getting into the England squad he’ll definitely be out there having a point to prove.

    It might be bitter sweet if we don’t manage to secure him at the end of the season if he does well, But if he does do that well then he’ll of helped secure us a couple of table spots and we’ll be a more attractive club for it.

    Go on lad! show us what you got!

  • Andy5759 says:

    I have been an admirer of Ross for some time, since his emergence at Everton and his performances for England. His move to Chelsea disappointed me, I wanted him at Villa. Welcome home Ross.

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