Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel’s stance on Ross Barkley January exit clear as Burnley plot bid

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Chelsea star Ross Barkley is attracting interest from Burnley, who apparently want to sign the player on loan in January. The midfielder has only started one Premier League game for the Blues this season, although that came in his team’s 1-1 draw against the Clarets on Saturday.

Barkley has fallen well down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge in recent years and spent the majority of last season on loan at Aston Villa.

His temporary spell at Villa Park began well but he missed seven Premier League games around the festive period due to a hamstring injury.

The 27-year-old then fell out of favour towards the end of the season and the west Midlands club decided against making his deal permanent.

The former Everton playmaker returned to west London this summer but was unable to force his way into the Chelsea squad at the beginning of the campaign.

He then appeared as a sustitute in three top-flight games last month before his start on Saturday.

He also started Chelsea’s Carabao Cup victory over Southampton last month and has come off the bench twice in the Champions League this campaign. 

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Barkley has impressed during his appearances for Chelsea this season and may have forced his way into’s Thomas Tuchel’s thinking.

So the midfielder may have a big decision to make if he is offered a move to Burnley when the transfer window opens in January.

According to The Athletic, Burnley have promised to give Barkley ‘plenty of gametime’ if he moves to Turf Moor. But Tuchel may prefer him to stay put and fight for his place in the capital.

After Saturday’s encounter, Tuchel lauded Barkley and admitted the player has put himself back in the frame to play regular football at his current team. 

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“He was very serious about his situation from the first day in pre-season,” said the Chelsea boss.

“It depends on himself first of all for chances to play, and it is ongoing.

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“He needs to stay positive and hard-working – but at the same time I am happy if he is not fully happy. I am happy if he is not satisfied with what he has.

“But also he must appreciate where he is right now and his hard work and effort to get to this point.

“There is always a chance to prove a point with your performance.

“If you watched Ross in training you would see that he had deserved to start.

“We changed the shape of the front three and played with a number 10 position to get in behind the two number sixes of Burnley. It was the perfect positive for Ross.

“He waited a long time and he has made a huge impact on our matches when he has come off the bench.”

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