Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has refused to rule out the possibility of leaving the club in the January transfer window, report Goal.
Loftus-Cheek has made two Premier League appearances this term, but both of those came as a substitute. Having had a taste of life as a first-team regular at Crystal Palace, we could forgive him for growing discontented at his lack of action at Chelsea.
Not to mention that he has now established himself within the England squad. Gareth Southgate didn’t hesitate to call him up for England’s fixtures against Spain and Switzerland, despite the fact he was warming the bench at Stamford Bridge.
Loftus-Cheek has proven that he is good enough to start for a Premier League side, which is why his inability to force his way into Maurizio Sarri’s starting eleven puts his future as a Chelsea player under the spotlight.
Loftus-Cheek in action at the World Cup in Russia. (Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
The summer window is shut, which ought to give Loftus-Cheek some clarity. He knows that there is no impending transfer for him, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that one isn’t on the horizon.
Loftus-Cheek is quoted by Goal insisting that he is focused on life at Chelsea, but refuses to rule out the possibility of leaving when the transfer window reopens in January:
“Possibly, but it is still far away, there are still a lot of games to play and I just have to see what happens.”
“Right now, I am at Chelsea and my focus is at Chelsea and learning at Chelsea. That is in the future and we will deal with that when it comes.”
There’s no doubt that Loftus-Cheek will be heavily involved in Chelsea’s Europa League campaign, as will the rest of the squad’s fringe players.
The issue is, he’s a 22-year-old with the world at his feet, who has just reached the semi-final of a World Cup with his country. A trip to hungry to face MOL Vidi FC probably doesn’t appeal to him all that much.