Barkley leaves Chelsea by mutual consent

England midfielder Ross Barkley has left Chelsea by mutual consent, the Premier League club announced on Monday.

Barkley, 28, left his youth club Everton for Chelsea in 2018 before making 100 appearances for the London team in all competitions and scoring 12 goals.

He helped Chelsea win the FA Cup, Europa League and Club World Cup but struggled to secure a starting spot and spent a season on loan at Aston Villa.

Barkley’s last game for Chelsea was against Watford in May and he scored a late header that secured victory in the final league game of the season.

“We would like to thank Ross for his contribution to Chelsea and wish him well in the rest of his career,” Chelsea said in a statement on their website.

Barkley, who has played 33 times for England, will try to find a new club as a free agent.