Chelsea have confirmed that they have no intention of allowing young starlet Ruben Loftus-Cheek to leave and he very much remains part of their long term plans, according to The Standard.
Much has been said after the arrival of Ross Barkley from Everton, fearing that this could see the end of Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea career, with Crystal Palace showing interest in making his loan move permanent in the summer.
But Chelsea are planning for the future and that does happen to include the England international, who they see spearheading the midfield alongside the likes of Ross Barkley and N’Golo Kante.
The 21-year old is having an impressive season on loan under Roy Hodgson’s guidance at Crystal Palace, so much so that he earn’t his first senior international appearance, and is hoping to be joining them in Russia this summer for the World Cup.
Chelsea aim to fit him in, even though new signing Barkley plays in a similar position to Loftus-Cheek and perhaps shares some of the same assets.
However, you could say that both players are still yet to find their most perfect position and can still be moulded into a number of roles, meaning their versatility could see them both playing in the same Chelsea side in the near future.
Loftus-Cheek has come through the ranks at Chelsea and has been part of the youth setup since 2004. As we are all aware, the only product of the youth team to have gained any sort of regularity and longevity is John Terry in recent times, but could we now see the midfielder emulate his former club captain and cement some solid years representing the club he loves and grew up with?
Lets hope so…