Ex-Chelsea star Ross Barkley hasn’t been a free agent for long as he is snapped up by Nice

Barkley was introduced to supporters of his new team before kick-off and had previously been linked with Southampton, Rangers and Celtic before signing with the League One side.

“A British blend of talent, technique and aggression coupled with character, the 28-year-old has decided to pursue his career at The Gym,” read a club statement.

“Although the summer transfer window closed last Thursday evening in France, he can join the Aiglons because he was at the end of his contract. Welcome Ross!”

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

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

An Everton academy product, the Liverpudlian graduated from the first team in 2010 where he remained, save for loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds, until signing with the Blues in 2018.

Chelsea have reached an agreement to settle the rest of the England midfielder 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 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 at Nice.

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