Chelsea star Ross Barkley joins Aston Villa in shock one-year loan transfer with England ace down Lampard pecking order

ROSS BARKLEY has joined Aston Villa on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

The England star found himself out of Frank Lampard's regular first team plans at Stamford Bridge this season following the capture of Kai Havertz.

And the 26-year-old has opted to make the switch to Villa in the knowledge he needs regular football to stake a claim to be in the England squad for the Euros next summer.

Villa boss Dean Smith said: “Capturing a player of Ross’s quality is a real coup for our Club and I am certain he will thrive here and improve our team."

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