Ross Barkley will once again be playing in the Premier League after completing his move to newly-promoted Luton Town.
The former Everton and Chelsea midfielder was turning out for Ligue 1 side Nice before his contract expired this summer. Barkley subsequently becomes the Hatters’ seventh acquisition ahead of their forthcoming debut Premier League season.
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“Ross brings loads of experience at the top level, has international experience and brings an X-factor,” said Luton boss Rob Edwards on the club’s official website.
“He gives us something different, he has that ability to make something out of nothing and we need that in the Premier League.
“He’s got all the tools required to make a difference for us. It’s really exciting for the football club. We want the fans to be excited and they should be about Ross’ arrival.”
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After coming through Everton’s academy many had tipped Barkley for stardom and following in the footsteps of fellow graduate Wayne Rooney.
However, injuries curtailed a once-promising career, and Barkley would leave Goodison Park after registering 27 goals and 28 assists in 179 appearances.
Chelsea became his new home but it never clicked at Stamford Bridge with him going on loan to Aston Villa before joining Nice as a free agent in September 2022.
A 33-time capped England international, the Liverpudlian who turns 30 later this year, believes he can still contribute at this level.
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“Why Luton? Going from the Conference to the Premier League is a great story and for me personally to be back in the Premier League, it’s great motivation,” he said.
“I’m still relatively young and over the last couple of years I’ve not played as much as I’d have liked. But I’ve reserved a lot of energy and looked after myself, so it’s great to be here now as I’ve got a lot to show but I’m ready and feeling motivated.”
Luton begin their 2023/24 Premier League campaign on the road at Brighton on August 12.