Ruben Loftus-Cheek could well be a part of Chelsea’s plans next season despite being undecided on his future, as The Independent reports.
The on-loan Crystal Palace midfielder impressed the public as his side beat Brighton 3-2 at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Despite being out of action for the first three months of 2018, the Englishman has clearly re-established himself under Roy Hodgson as the South-Londoners are in a relegation war.
When speaking to reporters after the Brighton match, Loftus-Cheek is quoted by The Independent, giving away no clues as to where his future lies.
“I’ve still got a few games now. I’m focused with Palace. Whatever happens next season, I’m not really looking at that right now. I’ll deal with that when it comes.”
Ruben Loftus-Cheek of England in action during the international friendly match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium. Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images
With much expected to change around Chelsea in the summer after a turbulent season for the club, there’s every chance Loftus-Cheek could force his way into the Blues’ first team, no matter who the manager is.
The 22-year-old could also be a long-term replacement for Cesc Fabregas as the likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater have offered little competition for the Spaniard’s place in the team.