By Danny Mills

13th Nov, 2021 | 12:00pm

Warnock will have major impact as Leeds chase Barkley - Mills

Ross Barkley may reject a move to Leeds United because of his bad experience under Neil Warnock in his first spell at the club.

That is the view of ex-Whites and England defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Barkley potentially rejoining the Yorkshire giants.

Warnock signed the midfielder on loan from Everton in January 2013 but he made just four appearances for the club.

TEAMtalk report (November 10) Leeds, along with Everton and Newcastle United, are keen on a loan-to-buy deal for the 27-year-old.

Chelsea have not decided on whether to sanction a move as he has featured in eight games across all competitions this term.

Barkley spent last season on loan at Aston Villa and despite a strong start, he ultimately petered out and ended the campaign on the bench.

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Asked whether a move to Elland Road could revive his career, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “He’s been here before and it didn’t quite work out for him under Neil Warnock.

“That may have soured it a little bit.

“The problem that you may have is, Villa with Steven Gerrard and Norwich with potential Frank Lampard will have a strong pull for these types of players.

“That’s what might be difficult, to get a player of that ilk in January.”

Barkley has scored 28 times and provided 31 assists in 230 Premier League games for Everton, Chelsea and Aston Villa.

The 33-time England international is under contract at Stamford Bridge until the end of next season.

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