Chelsea talks for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, a loan move22/08/2018 09:25
Chelsea midfielder Cheek will reportedly be holding talks with the club to determine his first-team chances this week, under the new manager Maurizio Sarri. If he can’t get the assurances he seeks it has been rumored that it will be with a loan exit.
He has been given to play at Crystal Palace on loan and Loftus-Cheek has enjoyed a successful season. But, reportedly he will ask to leave again if Sarri can’t promise him a better chance at Stamford Bridge. In Chelsea’s season-opening win over Huddersfield Town, the London native came on for a 20-minute cameo. For the Saturday’s 3-2 home victory over Arsenal, he was dropped from the squad.
This summer Jorginho’s arrival from Napoli has only increased competition in central midfield. Goal’s Nizaar Kinsella pointed out Loftus-cheek was far from the only Blues star to have missed out against Arsenal.
Selected by Gareth Southgate for England’s 2018 FIFA World Cup squad the22-year-old had the chance to play and that moment must have born the big expectations for the season to come as a result, but somehow Sarri doesn’t appear wholly convinced about the player yet.
Although Loftus-Cheek favors a more central attacking midfield role, Mateo Kovacic’s arrival at Stamford Bridge brings another unwelcome competitor. Loftus-Cheek has some need to build on that momentum after gaining Premier League experience on loan to Palace last term, but to do so at Chelsea without any guarantees could be definitely perilous.