Chelsea flop ‘motivated’ to contribute to ‘great story’ after joining Luton Town on free transfer

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New Luton Town signing Ross Barkley during a match for Chelsea.
New Luton Town signing Ross Barkley during a match for Chelsea.

Former Chelsea, Everton and Aston Villa midfielder Ross Barkley has joined Premier League new boys Luton Town on a free transfer.

Barkley, 29, spent last season at Ligue 1 club Nice following his departure from Chelsea – where he failed to impress – by mutual consent.

Barkley – who played for England at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and also had a loan spell at Villa Park – could make his debut for the Hatters in their opening Premier League match at Brighton on Saturday.

“Why Luton? Going from the Conference to the Premier League is a great story and for me personally to be back in the Premier League, it’s great motivation,” Barkley said on the Luton club website.

“I’m still relatively young and over the last couple of years I’ve not played as much as I’d have liked.

“But I’ve reserved a lot of energy and looked after myself, so it’s great to be here now as I’ve got a lot to show but I’m ready and feeling motivated.”

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Luton manager Rob Edwards is confident Barkley can bring something different to his squad as their embark on a first Premier League campaign after winning the Sky Bet Championship play-off final.

“Ross brings loads of experience at the top level, has international experience and brings an X-factor,” Edwards said.

“He gives us something different, he has that ability to make something out of nothing and we need that in the Premier League. He’s got all the tools required to make a difference for us.

“It’s really exciting for the football club. We want the fans to be excited and they should be about Ross’ arrival.”

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