Ross Barkley and his girlfriend Katherine Pilkington relax on a beach during Sardinia getaway


Chelsea player Ross Barkley shows off his ripped physique as he joins stunning bikini-clad girlfriend Katherine Pilkington on a relaxing beach break in Sardinia

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They have been soaking up the sun during a romantic Italian getaway.

And Ross Barkley and his girlfriend Katherine Pilkington continued their relaxing break as they were seen sunbathing on a beach in Sardinia on Tuesday.

The Chelsea footballer, 28, showed off his toned physique in a pair of red board shorts and kept comfortable in a pair of white trainers, which he put to one side as he sat barefoot on the beach.

Sun-soaked: Ross Barkley and his girlfriend Katherine Pilkington continued their relaxing break as they were seen sunbathing on a beach in Sardinia on Tuesday

Wow! Katherine looked stunning in a skimpy bikini during the holiday

Sun-soaked: Ross Barkley and his girlfriend Katherine Pilkington continued their relaxing break as they were seen sunbathing on a beach in Sardinia on Tuesday

Looking good: The Chelsea footballer, 28, showed off his toned physique in a pair of red board shorts and kept comfortable in a pair of white trainers, which he put to one side as he sat barefoot on the beach

Looking good: The Chelsea footballer, 28, showed off his toned physique in a pair of red board shorts and kept comfortable in a pair of white trainers, which he put to one side as he sat barefoot on the beach

He styled his brunette locks in a natural curled style and flaunted his intricate tattoos as he went shirtless during the outing, where he was seen heading off for a quick jog in a pair of white shorts.

Meanwhile, his girlfriend Katherine flaunted her bronzed figure in a skimpy beige striped two-piece as she relaxed and sunbathed on a deckchair.

She swept her blonde highlighted tresses back into a loose ponytail and let her natural good looks shine through with a light dusting of make-up as she topped up her tan.

Katherine, who went public with Ross in February, also opted to go barefoot and accessorised her beachwear with an array of gold necklaces and bracelets, while she was also seen sporting glitzy rings.

Beauty: Meanwhile, his girlfriend Katherine flaunted her bronzed figure in a skimpy beige striped two-piece as she relaxed and sunbathed on a deckchair

Beauty: Meanwhile, his girlfriend Katherine flaunted her bronzed figure in a skimpy beige striped two-piece as she relaxed and sunbathed on a deckchair

Stunner: She swept her blonde highlighted tresses back into a loose ponytail

Beauty: She let her natural good looks shine through with a light dusting of make-up as she topped up her tan

Stunner: She swept her blonde highlighted tresses back into a loose ponytail and let her natural good looks shine through with a light dusting of make-up as she topped up her tan

Couple: Ross styled his brunette locks in a natural curled style and flaunted his intricate tattoos as he went shirtless during the outing

Couple: Ross styled his brunette locks in a natural curled style and flaunted his intricate tattoos as he went shirtless during the outing

The account executive was also seen covering her stylish two-piece with a chic green vest top and shielded her eyes with a pair of black sunglasses. 

The couple spent time browsing on their phones and eating some delicious treats from the beachside restaurant as they soaked up the sun.

Katherine later cooled off with a dip in the sea after she had spent time basking in the sun and relaxing on a deckchair beside her new boyfriend.

They have been enjoying a sun-soaked overseas break for more than a week and were previously spotted spending time on a lavish yacht and cooling off with a swim during a trip to Capri. 

Busy: The couple spent time browsing on their phones and eating some delicious treats from the beachside restaurant as they soaked up the sun

Busy: The couple spent time browsing on their phones and eating some delicious treats from the beachside restaurant as they soaked up the sun

Paddling: She enjoyed a quick swim as she cooled off during the outing

Tanned: Katherine also opted to go barefoot and accessorised her beachwear with an array of gold necklaces and bracelets, while she was also seen sporting glitzy rings

Tanned: Katherine also opted to go barefoot and accessorised her beachwear with an array of gold necklaces and bracelets, while she was also seen sporting glitzy rings

Relaxed: Katherine topped up her tan as she soaked up the sun on a deckchair during the beach trip

Relaxed: Katherine topped up her tan as she soaked up the sun on a deckchair during the beach trip 

Swim: Account executive Katherine cooled off with a dip in the sea as she enjoyed the balmy Italian weather

Swim: Account executive Katherine cooled off with a dip in the sea as she enjoyed the balmy Italian weather 

Barkley was seen for the first time with his new girlfriend Katherine earlier this year as they enjoyed a romantic trip to the Saatchi Gallery in London’s Sloane Square on Valentine’s Day. 

Katherine is an account executive for the The Social PR, works alongside soap star Scott Thomas on events and counts Love Island’s Ellie Brown as one of her best friends.

The jetsetters have recently come back from a trip to New York together where they shared images from the same tourist attractions.

Little is known about Liverpool born Barkley’s love life, but in 2019 he was seen on holiday with fashion designer Jordan McCabe.

Day out: Katherine kept her essentials in a large blue patterned bag as they came prepared for a day of sunbathing

Day out: Katherine kept her essentials in a large blue patterned bag as they came prepared for a day of sunbathing

Snacks: The couple enjoyed snacks from the nearby restaurant

Drinks: They were brought refreshing drinks as they relaxed on the beach

Snacks: The couple enjoyed snacks from the nearby restaurant and were brought refreshing drinks as they relaxed on the beach

However, neither Barkley or McCabe ever said whether they were in a relationship or not.

The footballer previously dated nursery school worker Zoe Riozzi. Like Barkley, she also comes from Liverpool and they were together while he was at Everton.

In 2015, a friend told the Sunday People: ‘Their relationship has gone from strength-to-strength and they go away a lot on holidays to spend time together.

‘They have normal life way from football which probably helps keep him grounded.’

Bronzed: Katherine flaunted her incredible figure as she sat back on a deckchair and went on her phone

Bronzed: Katherine flaunted her incredible figure as she sat back on a deckchair and went on her phone 

Style: The blonde beauty was also seen covering her stylish two-piece with a chic green vest top and shielded her eyes with a pair of black sunglasses

Warm: She swept her blonde locks off her neck during the balmy weather

Style: The blonde beauty was also seen covering her stylish two-piece with a chic green vest top and shielded her eyes with a pair of black sunglasses

Fun times: They have been enjoying a sun-soaked overseas break for more than a week and were previously spotted spending time on a lavish yacht and cooling off with a swim during a trip to Capri

Fun times: They have been enjoying a sun-soaked overseas break for more than a week and were previously spotted spending time on a lavish yacht and cooling off with a swim during a trip to Capri

Elsewhere, West Ham have reportedly turned down a fresh approach for captain Declan Rice from Chelsea, with the club offering Ross Barkley in a part exchange deal.

According to 90min, Chelsea have again reached out to the Hammers in their pursuit to sign the England international during the summer transfer window.

West Ham have kept a stern resolve when it comes to retaining their star player and they have long insisted that the 23-year-old will not be sold for anything less than their £150million asking price.

The Blues are said to have contacted West Ham’s majority shareholder David Sullivan at the orders of new owner Todd Boehly about a potential deal.

Activity: Ross was seen wearing a pair of white shorts and headphones as he sat on the deckchair after heading for a jog

Activity: Ross was seen wearing a pair of white shorts and headphones as he sat on the deckchair after heading for a jog 

Fitness: Ross headed for a jog near the beach

Chilling: He then relaxed his girlfriend for a spot of sunbathing

Fitness: Ross headed for a jog near the beach before joining his girlfriend for a spot of sunbathing 

Sun soaked trip: Katherine sunbathed with a pair of black square sunglasses on her head while her boyfriend checked his phone

Sun soaked trip: Katherine sunbathed with a pair of black square sunglasses on her head while her boyfriend checked his phone

Chelsea, however, were reportedly brushed off and told that Rice is not available for sale this summer.

West Ham are hopeful that Rice, who is under contract until the summer of 2024, will put pen to paper on a new deal before the start of the new season, which gets underway on August 5.

Any new deal may include a release clause for Rice, with the Hammers softening their approach in negotiations to make sure the England international signs.

Rice has previously turned down offers to extend his stay at the London Stadium, despite the club’s willingness to make him their highest-paid player.

Chelsea could be set to return with an improved offer by seeing if the Hammers would take on Armando Broja and Ross Barkley in a part exchange deal.

Chatting: Katherine brought her boyfriend Ross over some snacks as he checked his phone during the beach trip

Chatting: Katherine brought her boyfriend Ross over some snacks as he checked his phone during the beach trip 

Restaurant: The couple later headed off the beach and sat further back, with Katherine looking good in a green vest top

Restaurant: The couple later headed off the beach and sat further back, with Katherine looking good in a green vest top 

Oh dear: Katherine looked solemn as she sat with her hands on her face

Sunny: Katherine sat in the sunshine as she topped up her tan

Oh dear: Katherine looked solemn as she sat with her hands on her face during her holiday with Ross 

Kicking back: Katherine looked incredible as she relaxed during the beach outing on their balmy holiday after they went public with their romance Barkley on Valentine's Day

Kicking back: Katherine looked incredible as she relaxed during the beach outing on their balmy holiday after they went public with their romance Barkley on Valentine’s Day

In January, it was reported that Barkley could make a sensational return to Goodison Park, with Everton interested in the Chelsea star.

The footballer left Merseyside for west London four years ago for £15million, but injuries and a lack of game time has hampered the England international’s progress with the Blues.

Barkley was loaned to Aston Villa last season and impressed alongside Jack Grealish.

And a return to Everton will certainly raise eyebrows with the footballer considered one of the club’s greatest academy products in recent years.

He has started only one Premier League game this season – at Turf Moor for Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Burnley.

Romance: Barkley was seen for the first time with his new girlfriend Katherine as they enjoyed a romantic trip to the Saatchi Gallery in London's Sloane Square on Valentine's Day. She is pictured with Love Island's Ellie Brown

Romance: Barkley was seen for the first time with his new girlfriend Katherine as they enjoyed a romantic trip to the Saatchi Gallery in London’s Sloane Square on Valentine’s Day. She is pictured with Love Island’s Ellie Brown

Footballer: In January, it was reported that Barkley could make a sensational return to Goodison Park, with Everton interested in the Chelsea star

Footballer: In January, it was reported that Barkley could make a sensational return to Goodison Park, with Everton interested in the Chelsea star

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