Loftus-Cheek pulls his punches on Chelsea boss Conte

England international Ruben Loftus-Cheek has expressed frustration at the lack of opportunities afforded to young players who come through Chelsea’s academy.

The 22-year-old was handed his Blues debut in 2014 but has made just six Premier League starts and spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace.

His form for Roy Hodgson’s Eagles led to him being included in England’s World Cup squad by Gareth Southgate.

Despite his elevation to international football during the past year, the midfielder’s future under Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge remains uncertain.

“It’s been so difficult to go from playing every game then get to the seniors and not be given a chance,” he told Sky Sports when asked about his experiences with Chelsea.

“It’s really difficult mentally, there’s only so long you just enjoy training with top players.

“From a year ago, I’ve improved so much from playing. A game situation is completely different.

“It’s hard to compare the faith of Gareth Southgate and Roy Hodgson and my lack of chances at Chelsea because it’s such a big club – managers are under pressure and maybe don’t want to take a chance on a young player.

“I don’t understand what’s going on behind the scenes fully, but Chelsea’s a massive club and I understand why chances don’t come so often”.

Derby County want Chelsea strike

Derby County are interested in loaning Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, as per a report by Bristol Live.

The highly-rated striker could leave Chelsea again on loan this summer for more first-team experience and is now a target for Championship side Derby County.

Their new manager, Frank Lampard, is hoping to use his contacts with the Premier League side to lure Abraham to Pride Park for his first season in management.

Lampard is keen to bolster his squad over the coming weeks and wants to kick-start his recruitment with landing Abraham.

Abraham, who has made 2 caps for the England national team, has played in the Championship before and was prolific for Bristol City in the 2016/17 season. He played 48 games for the Robins in all competitions and scored an impressive 23 goals.

This form earned him a loan move to Swansea City in the Premier League last season. However, he could not prevent the Swans from relegated from the top flight but still bagged 8 goals for them in all competitions, with 5 coming in the league.

Abraham is a handful in the Championship and signing him would be a statement of intent by Derby County. The Rams are hoping to bounce back from their Play-Off disappointment from the last campaign and their fans want another promotion push under Lampard.

Lampard’s links with Chelsea will come in handy for Derby this summer and he will be looking to bring in some of the Blues’ young talent this summer. Tammy Abraham could be first through the door.

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