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'Hopefully we can win a trophy'

Ross Barkley
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New signing Ross Barkley says Aston Villa playing in the Champions League this season was "a big incentive" to him re-signing.

The 30-year-old is set for his second spell at Villa Park following the year he spent on loan in the 2020-21 season.

On his targets after a successful stint at Luton Town: "For me, and everyone else at the club and the fans, [the ambition] is to win a trophy.

"The club came so close last season and were unfortunate. With additions to the already great squad that we’ve got it’s going to be pivotal for the season. Hopefully we can.

"The club has made huge strides since I was last here.

"As an outsider looking in, it looked fantastic, and to be a part of that is fantastic.

"Playing in the Champions League is a big incentive for me and the club, so I’m looking forward to that."