ANTONIO CONTE says he wants Ruben Loftus-Cheek to stay at Chelsea.
Loftus-Cheek has been linked with a loan move away from Chelsea this month to get more first-team football.
But Conte is adamant the 20-year-old will not be leaving anytime soon.
“Ruben is an important player for Chelsea,” he told talkSPORT.
“He must know this. We trust a lot on him.
“For this reason it’s important to work a lot and to take satisfaction with our team.
“No, No. Absolutely (he’s not leaving). I don’t want this. For Ruben I don’t want this.
“He knows this and the club knows this. I want him to stay because he’s ready to play for the first team.
“If he shows me he wants to play, he knows that he plays.”
Loftus-Cheek came through the Chelsea academy and has played four times for the club this season.
Kurt Zouma: This is how Chelsea boss Antonio Conte helped me in my recovery
KURT ZOUMA has heaped praise on Chelsea boss Antonio Conte for the part he had played in his recovery.
Zouma had been out of action for almost a year after picking up an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Manchester United last February.
But he made his return for Chelsea in yesterday’s 4-1 FA Cup third-round win against Peterborough.
And he has now praised Antonio Conte for helping him in his recovery.
“He [Conte] talked to me like he did everybody [when he arrived in the summer],” Zouma said.
“He said: ‘I want you to concentrate on your recovery and when you’re back, I want you to play.’ I was really proud and happy with that.
“Everybody wants to play, but you need to be patient. The team was doing well, whether I was ready or not. You need to figure out your body.
“The medical staff were very good with me and I thank them a lot. They were all behind me and prepared me very, very well.
“I was out for a long time, and to be back out at the Bridge with the lads… I’m really happy.
“When I was not on the pitch I was doing my preparation, working on my strength and watching the lads. They have done very well over the last few months with the new manager.
“Everything is going well and that makes the recovery easier.”
Ake: I improved a lot on loan, now I want to break through at Chelsea
Nathan Ake is convinced he will return to Chelsea better for the experience of six months on loan at Bournemouth under the tutelage of Eddie Howe.
Chelsea confirmed on Sunday that they had activated a recall clause in their loan agreement with Bournemouth and that Ake would spend the second half of the season in Antonio Conte’s side.
Bournemouth head coach Eddie Howe admitted losing the 21-year-old was a “huge blow” for his side with Ake having established himself in the starting XI in November and since impressing at the heart of the Cherries defence.
Ake was adamant that dealing with the disappointment of being sidelined by Howe had only made him stronger and credited his former manager with helping him to improve on and off the training pitch.
“Over the six months I feel I have developed as a player, both on and off the pitch,” Ake told the Bournemouth website. “To start with I wasn’t playing too much, but I dealt with that mentally, kept going and was happy when I got my chance.
“I was able to learn a lot from the manager. He spoke to me a lot about how I could improve and I picked up a lot of little ideas and different ways of thinking.
“The ambition now is to continue to improve and break into the team at Chelsea. It’s a great team and the manager there has given me a lot of confidence, so it’s something I’m looking forward to.”
He may only have spent half a season on loan at the Vitality Stadium but Ake made a major contribution to Bournemouth’s season, scoring three goals in 10 Premier League appearances.
The most significant of those was surely his last minute strike in a 4-3 triumph over title contenders Liverpool, a goal that perhaps drew as many celebrations at Stamford Bridge as it did the Vitality.
It is little surprise that Ake dubbed that the “standout” moment of his loan spell, adding: “It was a crazy game and to score the winning goal was an amazing feeling. It’s something that I’ll remember for the longest time.
“That was not the only good memory. We also had some other good games where we kept clean sheets which were great and other games which I will remember for the wrong reasons.”