Chelsea have confirmed another player Ross Barkley has departed Stamford Bridge after he mutually terminates his contract despite still having one year left to run.
The 28-year-old England international has struggled to hit form for the Blues after joining the West London outfit from Everton in January 2018 on a five-and-a-half-year deal for a fee of £15 million.
Barkley has fallen down the pecking order under Thomas Tuchel since returning to Chelsea from his loan deal from Aston Villa where he featured 14 times and scored one goal last season.
The Liverpool-born attacker has not been included in the matchday squad in all four of Chelsea’s Premier League games this season after he was not given a shirt number for the campaign.
However, according to the Chelsea official website, Barkley has left the club after both parties agreed to partway despite his contract being due to expire in June 2023.
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The attacking midfielder not in Tuchel’s arrangements Barkley has received a huge pay-off to terminate his contract to become a free agent.
Barkley will now look for a new club with Scottish Premiership side Rangers have already been linked with the midfielder whose status as a free agent is likely to attract admirers.
The Englishman scored 27 goals and provided 28 assists in 100 appearances for the club as he never quite managed to live up to the expectations at Stamford Bridge despite winning Emirate FA Cup and the Europa League with the Blues but the club’s decision to terminate his contract early speaks volumes.
Barkley’s departure comes amid a summer clear-out at Stamford Bridge and more exits are expected the likes of Michy Batshuayi and Kenedy are not in Tuchel’s first-team plans, not receiving shirt numbers for the season.
Hakim Ziyech has been linked with a return to Ajax, while Callum Hudson-Odoi is expected to move to Bayer Leverkusen on loan.