Former England midfielder Ross Barkley has left Chelsea FC by mutual consent and becomes a free agent.
The midfielder, who joined from boyhood club Everton FC in January 2018, made 100 appearances for the Blues in all competitions, scoring 12 goals. The most memorable was his injury-time equaliser against Manchester United in his first full season at the Bridge.
At the end of that campaign he helped the Blues win the UEFA Europa League, scoring a spot-kick in the shoot-out victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in the semis and then coming off the bench in the brilliant Baku triumph against Arsenal FC.
Barkley played a part in the club’s run to the 2020 FA Cup final, scoring against both Liverpool FC and Leicester City. He was brought on for the closing stages of the defeat to Arsenal FC, as he was in the Wembley showpiece this year, converting a penalty in the shoot-out loss to Liverpool FC. He did get a winner’s medal in that competition in 2018.
Barkley’s final game was against Watford FC in May 2022, and it was his late header that secured all three points in the club’s last game of the season.