Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia's Aston Villa demands could present Thomas Tuchel problem

And with a permanent move unlikely, Tuchel now faces the difficulty of fitting him into the side next season.

With Kai Havertz returning to full fitness and a move for Declan Rice not completely out of the question, it seems Barkley won’t be near the starting spots at Stamford Bridge.

Villa boss Dean Smith was recently forced to downplay suggestions of a falling-out between himself and Barkley after the midfielder reacted badly to being substituted off against Arsenal.

He said: “He was fine. As I do with all players when I change a team, I explain my reasons to them. I explained it to both Ross and Douglas (Luiz) and, while players are never happy coming out of a team, they understood my reasons because they were the conversations I had. I just felt that it was time to change it for that game.


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