Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek plans to reject a loan move to Schalke this summer in a bid to fight his way into the Blues side.
The Guardian report that the Bundesliga outfit are keen to bring the player into the club on a temporary basis to replace Max Meyer, who joined Crystal Palace over the summer.
Contrasting reports have stated that the player was ready to move to Germany to play regularly this season, but the young midfielder appears determined to force his way into Maurizio Sarri’s plans.
Loftus-Cheek is said to be confident about his chances with Tiemoue Bakayoko set to join AC Milan on loan.
Matteo Kovacic’s loan move to Chelsea cast doubts over the playing time the England international will get, with the former, Ross Barkley and Loftus-Cheek all seemingly battling it out for the third midfield spot.
Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Barkley started in a midfield three against Huddersfield on the opening day of the season.
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