20 July 2024

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Former Everton, Chelsea, and England midfielder Ross Barkley has signed with Luton Town on a free transfer.
Ross Barkley, a 29-year-old midfielder who excelled at Everton and received an England call-up before heading to Chelsea in 2018, was released by Ligue 1 club Nice this summer after just one season: Saturday’s match against Brighton is Luton’s first in the top division since 1992.

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Why Luton? the 29-year-old questioned. A major motivation for me personally to return to the Premier League is the journey from the Conference to the Premier League.

Ross Barkley, a former midfielder for Everton, Chelsea, and England, has joined Luton Town on a free transfer.

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Barkley left Chelsea by mutual consent in the summer of this year, spending just one season at the Ligue 1 club before being released by Nice.

“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.”

Barkley, who represented England at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and previously spent time on loan at Aston Villa, could make his Hatters debut in Saturday’s opening Premier League game against Brighton.

Luton manager Rob Edwards is confident Barkley, capped 33 times for England, can bring something different to his squad as they embark on a first top-flight campaign since 1992 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.”

Luton Town’s return to the top flight sees them take on Brighton at the Amex in their opening Saturday of the 2023/24 Premier League season.

The newly promoted side, who beat Coventry City on penalties in the Championship playoff final, travel to Chelsea on August 26, while November brings back-to-back encounters with Liverpool (h) and Manchester United (a) on November 4 and 11 respectively.

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