Ross Barkley has promised to learn from his past mistakes as he admitted it’s been a ‘big lesson’ for him after getting caught photographed in unsavoury situations off the field.
The England International made his first appearance in three months on Sunday, scoring in the Blues 2 – 0 win over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup fourth round.
Barkley who was earlier in Frank Lampard’s plan was snapped dancing shirtless in a Dubai nightclub in the summer which before being caught on camera as he was escorted to a cashpoint by two police officers in September withdrawing money to pay a taxi driver after a late night row over spilled chips.
Barkley has now promise to curb his out the lifestyle as he hope to make the best oit of the season.
He said: “It is that 10 seconds when you are not looking like a professional when you have got to let your hair down but then you can’t forget about your job,” he explained.
“It was unfortunate of me to get caught in that position and it will happen many times to players because you know what phones are like nowadays. I am just keeping my head down and it won’t happen again.
“It’s a big lesson. You have got to be aware of your surroundings when you let your hair down for any player out there.
You have just got to be aware of what’s around you. It is just more about being with the right company and in private.”
He added: “When you play in the Premier League, you are a high profile player, so it is about keeping low-key and switched on.
“It is just nowadays that you have to be careful because everyone is wanting to catch you out.
“When you are on holiday or away you need the right people around you.
“I have made that mistake and it won’t happen again but I am sure it will happen to young players in the future.
“We all make mistakes but it is about being aware.”