The reason why Ross Barkley stayed at Chelsea this summer rather than moving to West Bromwich Albion or Burnley has been revealed by reports in England.
The 27-year-old had his number eight shirt ripped from him and handed to Mateo Kovacic in the summer as he was expected to leave, however he remains at the club and was handed the number 18.
As per Goal, West Brom and Burnley were reluctant to pay the wages required to bring Barkley in on loan.
The report states that clubs refused to pay even a 'small portion' of his £120,000 a week wages to bring him in after an underwhelming loan spell last season.
The Blues were not expecting Barkley to struggle for interest, however he remains at the club despite slight interest.
The midfielder could make his first appearance of the season as the Blues face Aston Villa, the club Barkley was on loan at last season, in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel previously revealed that the club looked to loan Barkley out in the transfer window as he said: "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."
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