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Barkley stuck at Chelsea

Ross Barkley is stuck at Chelsea at least until the January transfer window opens.

Whether Thomas Tuchel will have any use for him is highly doubtful, given the competition that already exists in the attacking midfield area of the pitch.

Throughout the summer he was tenuously linked with Newcastle United and West Ham United, whilst a last minute loan move to Burnley was also in the offing at one stage.

However, that was ruled out, in part due to his high wage demands, and it means that the 27-year old will stay in West London, at least until the New Year.

He still has two years left on his existing deal.

All this represents a considerable fall from grace for the player who was hailed as a wunderkid when he first broke through with Everton, and less than two years ago, was a regular in England squads. But a loan spell with Aston Villa last season that began brightly but then faded as injury and loss of form combined, did little to convince other clubs he was worth taking a chance on, and it looks like his career will be left to wilt on the vine.

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