Former Chelsea and Everton midfielder Ross Barkley joins Nice as a free agent

Ross Barkley has joined Nice by mutual consent just six days after leaving Chelsea.

The midfielder’s arrival was announced minutes before Nice’s clash with Monaco at the Allianz Riviera, where Barkley was introduced to his new side’s supporters before kick-off.

Barkley had previously been linked with Southampton, Rangers and Celtic before signing with the Ligue 1 side.

“The 28-year-old is a British mix of talent, technique and aggression, rounded off with character. He has decided to continue his career at Le Gym,” read a statement from the club.

“Although the summer transfer window closed in France last Thursday night, he is free to join the Aiglons as he was out of contract. Welcome Ross!”

Barkley made 100 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions, scoring 12 goals.

Barkley’s best moment with the Blues came as a substitute in the 4-1 Europa League final triumph over Arsenal in Baku in 2019.

A product of Everton academy, the Liverpool native rose to the first-team in 2010, where he remained apart from loans to Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds until signing with the Blues in 2018.

Chelsea agreed a deal to settle the remainder of the England midfielder’s contract, allowing the 28-year-old to leave Stamford Bridge as a free agent. Barkley made his Premier League debut aged 18 and was called up by England before his 20th birthday.

He has made 33 appearances for the Three Lions, including the 2014 World Cup and 2019 Nations League, scoring six goals.

Wales international Aaron Ramsey, former Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, former Manchester United, Everton and Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and loanee trio Nicolas Pepe, Joe Bryan and Mads Bech Sorensen are others with Premier League experience , who are also currently playing in Nice. Former Chelsea and Everton midfielder Ross Barkley joins Nice as a free agent

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