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Aston Villa manager Smith confirms no discussions about Chelsea loanee Barkley

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has confirmed the club has no plans to sign Ross Barkley on a permanent deal.

The Chelsea midfielder joined Villa on loan last summer.

After a bright start at Villa Park, Barkley has not started a match since February and Smith says no permanent deal has been negotiated with Chelsea.

Asked if there has been talks with the Blues, Smith said: "No, Ross Barkley came in on loan at the start of the season.

"Obviously, Frank Lampard was the manager at the time we brokered a deal to bring him in on loan.

"That's where it was.

"He's got another two years left on his contract at Chelsea and that's not been discussed at all."

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