‘We’ll treat him with all respect’: Thomas Tuchel delivers message to Chelsea outcast Ross Barkley
“Normally you expect – and this is not a secret – somebody to go on loan from Chelsea to Aston Villa that he is the main guy at Aston Villa and then he comes back and takes the next steps. This has not happened, so maybe there is a long way to go, but you never know,” Thomas Tuchel said about Ross Barkley.
“He has the ability. I absolutely mean it. He can train with this group and he has the ability to train on the same level. But this is not enough – I saw so many players who can train on certain levels, but there is so much more to becoming a regular Premier League top player. So let’s see. It’s never too late and I will give him the support that I can. We need to wait and have patience.
“He accepts also the situation that it was not an over-performance from him at Aston Villa so he cannot demand that we rely on him as the top midfielder in the next season. He does not demand that.
“He tried to go on loan again, to find a club, but it is not easy. The situation out there, the financial impact from corona to clubs abroad and clubs also within the country is huge. You can see it on the situation of these players. It’s not easy to find clubs who are able to invest.
“The quality of which he brings to the pitch could help a lot of clubs in Europe. We have to adapt and we also accept. For me personally, he has a contract here and we will treat him with all the respect.
“Once he is in our squad, we will push him. There is no exception and this what we do now. From there, maybe it’s a long way to go.”
Ross Barkley is still at Chelsea after failing to find a new club in the summer. He was not even initially given a squad number at Chelsea but is now registered for the Premier League season.
It’s not likely that he’ll feature a lot for the Blues, though, since there’s no obvious place for him in Tuchel’s system. The likeliest scenario is that Barkley will bide his time until the next transfer window in January.