Following a successful loan spell at Crystal Palace and a call-up to England’s World Cup squad, Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has stated at a recent press conference that he will not stay at the London club if he is not likely to play consistently.
“Going forward I’ve really realised the importance of playing regularly for my own progress and development,” The Mirror quote the starlet as saying.
“I felt like I got better and better every game at Palace so playing regularly is the key going forward and that will help me make my decision after the World Cup.”
Whilst it is believed that Chelsea are keen to hold on to Loftus-Cheek following his successful time at Selhurst Park, the midfielder has made it clear that he wants regular football.
He appeared 24 times for the Eagles last season but would have played more if not for a number of niggling injuries throughout the season.
The 22-year-old had previously only been called-up for England twice when he received the phone call from Gareth Southgate, but he impressed as he featured against both Nigeria and Costa Rica in the country’s final preparations before flying out to Russia.
Chelsea have no shortage of options in the heart of their midfield and as such Loftus-Cheek faces a challenge in winning first-team football at Stamford Bridge should he stay next season.
The London outfit have N’Golo Kante as an ever-present in their boiler room, while Tiemoue Bakayoko, Cesc Fabregas and Danny Drinkwater are all in contention.
Much of Loftus-Cheek’s decision-making process may depend on whether Antonio Conte is still at Chelsea next season and if not, who has replaced the Italian as manager.