Chelsea’s Ross Barkley Reveals Why He Had To Remove His Tattoo

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Ross Barkley appears to have now moved on from his boyhood club Everton

Barkley, who capped off two recent appearances for England with a late equaliser for Chelsea against Manchester United on Saturday, has revealed the reasons behind having tattoos removed from his arm.

One of the main tattoos on his full sleeve was the date he made his Everton debut (August 20, 2011 vs Queens Park Rangers) but that has now been taken off as he looks to start a new chapter of his career in Chelsea.

The 24-year-old revealed he had his first tattoo when he was just 14 – the legal age is 18 – and claimed he managed to do so as he was a ‘big lad’, but now regrets having them done at such a young age.

Barkley, speaking to The Times, said: ‘I got them at a young age and sometimes when you are young you do stupid things and not think about it.

‘But I went into it too quick and over the years I felt I wanted to get them removed, so I went through the process in the last couple of years.


‘My first tattoo was when I was 14. I was a bit young, like. I was a big lad so they didn’t question my age at the time. Started getting them removed a couple of years ago. I would never rule out getting another, maybe when I have kids I might have something done to go with that.’

Ross Barkley said the last ten days has been the best of his career

“Yeah I’d probably say so (the best ten days of my career),” said Barkley after scoring a 96th minute equaliser against Manchester United. “I got a couple of goals and couple of assists and played well for England. It just shows to myself that hard work does pay off in the end.

“Getting in the England side and getting in two good positive performances there and today with my first goal at Stamford Bridge was fantastic for me.

“I believe that I am a better player now. I’ve matured, I understand the game much more, which can be natural as you grow up.”



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