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Ross Barkley has agreed to leave Chelsea and is now a free agent.

Chelsea confirmed Barkley’s departure in a statement released on Monday on their website.

“The midfielder, who joined from his boyhood club Everton in January 2018, made 100 appearances in all competitions for the Blues, scoring 12 goals.” His injury-time equalizer against Manchester United in his first full season at the Bridge was the most memorable.

“At the end of that season, he helped us win the Europa League, scoring a penalty in the shootout win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the semis and then coming off the bench in the brilliant Baku victory over Arsenal.”

“Barkley helped us reach the 2020 FA Cup final by scoring against both Liverpool and Leicester.” He came on in the closing stages of Arsenal’s defeat, just as he did in this year’s Wembley showpiece, converting a penalty in the shootout loss to Liverpool. In 2018, he received a winner’s medal in that competition.

“Barkley’s final game was against Watford in May, and it was his late header that secured all three points in our last game of the season.

“We would like to thank Ross for his contribution to Chelsea and wish him well for the rest of his career.”

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