Barkley seals return to Aston Villa

Aston Villa have completed the signing of midfielder Ross Barkley from Luton Town.

Barkley returns to Villa Park on a permanent basis having enjoyed a successful loan spell at the club during the 2020/21 season while he was at Chelsea.

The 30-year-old, who came through the ranks at Everton, has 33 England caps to his name.

Barkley also has experience of playing league football in France, having previously turned out for Nice.

The midfielder made 32 league appearances for Luton Town last season, but was unable to prevent the Hatters being relegated from the Premier League.

Edwards: Barkley leaves with best wishes

Luton Town manager Rob Edwards ahead of the Emirates FA Cup fifth round match at Kenilworth Road, Luton. Picture date: Tuesday February 27, 2024.

Luton Town manager Rob Edwards said Barkley leaves Kenilworth Road with everyone’s best wishes, adding the midfielder hopes the move to Aston Villa can boost his chances of a return to the international fold.

Edwards said: “We are disappointed to see Ross go, but we completely understand it and he leaves with our best wishes and thanks.

“It was great to work with him for a season. He was amazing, provided lots of good memories for us all and the supporters fell in love with him, but I’m sure everyone will understand the opportunity.

“Playing in the Premier League is important for Ross, as is Champions League football. He still wants to play for England and believes this gives him the best chance to do so.

Sky Sports' Paul Merson pens his latest column on Luton's impressive survival bid being led by Ross Barkley
Ross Barkley has returned to Aston Villa where he was previously on loan from Chelsea during the 2020/21 season

“We’ve had a good chat and Ross has thanked me and the club. We are parting on good terms and you never know what the future holds, I’ve got to say that.

“He loves all of the supporters and he wants to come back to watch a game. He actually said, ‘I want to come back for the Watford derby!’

“So let’s give him a great reception when he does come back during the season. He’ll always be welcome.”

When does the summer transfer window open and close?

The 2024 summer transfer window in the Premier League and Scottish Premiership is officially open.

The window will close on August 30 at 11pm UK time in England and at 11.30pm in Scotland.

The Premier League and Scottish Premiership brought forward Deadline Day to link up with the other major leagues in Europe. The closing dates were set following discussions with the leagues in England, Germany, Italy, Spain and France.

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