Thomas Tuchel admits Chelsea are open to Ross Barkley departure

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has suggested midfielder Ross Barkley could be allowed to leave the club on loan this month.

Cup appearances aside, Barkley has barely featured since early November, getting just 151 minutes of Premier League action so far this season. He was widely expected to leave the club in the summer but ultimately remained at Stamford Bridge when a suitor could not be found.

The 28-year-old came off the bench on Saturday evening in the Blues’ 5-1 thumping of National League Chesterfield in the FA Cup third round. He didn’t exactly seize the opportunity, although he did go close with one curling effort from the edge of the penalty area.

Speaking about Barkley’s outlook for the rest of the season ahead of the match, Chelsea boss Tuchel said: “We haven’t discussed it yet [loan deal]. It depends what Ross wants and what possibilities there are and what makes sense. Let’s see.

“There’s always a chance it is not like it is the FA Cup and here’s your chance. There’s always a chance to make it onto the pitch, especially with a lot of Covid and injury cases. 

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