Luton midfielder Ross Barkley responds to Man Utd transfer link | Football

Ross Barkley says he is keen to remain in the Premier League (Getty)

Luton Town midfielder Ross Barkley says he is keen to remain in the Premier League next season after being linked with a move to Manchester United.

Barkley has been one of Luton’s standout performers this season having joined on a free transfer last August.

The 30-year-old is set to play an integral role in Luton’s push to remain in the Premier League, with Rob Edwards’ side currently in the relegation zone on goal difference.

United have been linked with a move for Barkley this summer, with the club’s new co-owner, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, reportedly identifying the former Chelsea midfielder as a potential replacement for Casemiro.

But Barkley insists he is fully focused on helping Luton avoid relegation.

‘I want to play in the Premier League,’ Barkley told Sky Sports.

‘I want to play in Europe again but I’m not really focused on that now.

‘I want to help the club stay in the league. I love the club. It’s helped me so much and I owe them a lot. So I’m focused on that and thinking about nothing other than helping them do that.’

Ross Barkley of Luton Town is fouled by Casemiro of Manchester United

Manchester United are reportedly considering Ross Barkley as a potential replacement for Casemiro (Shutterstock)

Barkley is set to face Manchester City this Saturday as Luton travel to the Etihad Stadium and the midfielder believes he is a match for the best in the Premier League.

‘I believe I can compete with the top players at Man City and Arsenal,’ said Barkley.

‘I feel like I’m confident enough to know what their strengths are and what their weaknesses are.

‘I feel like I can exploit certain things but when we play Man City, they will have most of the possession so it’s about what you do out of possession. We need to be in the right positions and stick together going forward. Hopefully, I can make some things happen.’

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