Chelsea ‘will wait until end of season before deciding whether to let Ross Barkley join Aston Villa on permanent deal’… with midfielder impressing for Dean Smith’s shock high-flyers
- Dean Smith says no talks over a permanent deal for Ross Barkley have happened
- Barkley joined Villa on loan in September after struggling to play under Lampard
- He scored two goals and provided one assist before getting injured in November
- Smith says they are just happy he is back playing and they will discuss plans later
Chelsea have decided to wait until the summer to make a decision about Ross Barkley’s future at Aston Villa.
The Blues midfielder joined Villa on loan in September after struggling to cement his place in Frank Lampard’s side.
However, with Lampard now out of the picture, it is believed new boss Thomas Tuchel will discuss the situation with Dean Smith the end of the season.
Dean Smith says no talks over a permanent deal for Ross Barkley have happened as of yet
Barkley excelled following his arrival at Villa Park, scoring two goals and making one assist in eight league games, before picking up a hamstring injury in November.
Smith was full of praise for the midfielder in November and revealed he had promised him he would get him into England’s Euros squad next summer.
Barkley returned to action against Southampton on Friday after missing seven league games and headed home the only goal of Villa 1-0 win at St Mary’s.
Despite Barkley’s impressive contribution and blossoming relationship Jack Grealish and Ollie Watkins, Smith has said there have been no discussions over a permanent deal for the 27-year-old.
Barkley joined Villa on loan in September after struggling for minutes under Frank Lampard
He scored two goals and provided one assist before suffering a hamstring injury in November
The Aston Villa manager told Birmingham Live: ‘There have never been any discussions.
‘We contacted Chelsea at the start of the season about taking him on loan, and we are thankful they allowed it.
‘He is playing football, playing with a smile on his face and enjoying it at the moment.’
Barkley – who still has over two years left on his contract at Chelsea – could join Villa permanently in the summer.
Barkley returned to action against Southampton and scored the only goal of the game (above)
Barkley has shown signs of a blossoming relationship with both Jack Grealish and Ollie Watkins
It is believed both Barkley and the club are ‘happy to assess the situation’ at the end of the season.
However, the England International’s stock may rise between now and May, should he continue the impressive form that saw him mark his return to football with a goal.
Villa may have lost the opportunity to sign Barkley for a discounted price following his Hamstring trouble over the Christmas period.
Villa could also be at risk of losing Barkley to Tuchel, should he opt to revive another one of Lampard’s outcasts.
However, the Villa boss has said there have been no discussions over a permanent deal