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Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of England international Ross Barkley on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea.

Barkley completed his move to Villa Park on Wednesday morning where he was unveiled following his short-term move from the Blues.

"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," Villa boss Dean Smith told the club's website.

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The 26-year-old has scored 25 goals in 202 Premier League appearances across spells with Everton and Chelsea and boasts 33 England caps to his name.

He becomes Villa's fifth signing of the season following the arrivals of Ollie Watkins, Bertrand Traore, Emiliano Martinez and Matty Cash.

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