Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek has earned plaudits for his talent and performances with the U-21 side as well as the first team. He’s even been compared to Juventus prodigy and alleged Chelsea target, Paul Pogba.
Both players are quick, tall, strong, skillful and possess shooting technique above their peers, so the comparisons made plenty of sense, but there was one way that Blues supporters didn’t want “Cheeky” to be similar to the Great Beast of France, and that was leaving an English club after their contracts with their respective clubs were over. Thankfully, Chelsea made sure that we don’t lose out on our young monster like United did in 2012, with the player signing a new five-year deal today:
‘I’m delighted to sign a new contract at Chelsea and my focus is on working hard in training every day in order to push on and establish myself in the team. It really means a lot because this shows the club believe in me so I’m really happy.
‘The club have done so much for me since I started here as an Under-8 and now I want to repay the faith THEY’VE shown in me with my performances on the pitch.’
Loftus-Cheek is by every definition a “True Blue”, and if Chelsea manage to sign the man who transformed the career of Pogba (aka: Antonio Conte), the next few seasons could be very exciting for the young Englishman. Our present manager, Guss Hiddink, has also had plenty of positive things to say as well:
“In the upcoming games there will be options for him. We had him in training and made a special analysis of the way he has to progress for his age. He’s working on that and it will pay off because he’s a young guy.”
“When I first came here I thought he was 23 or 24 by his appearance but he’s just 20, which indicates he has a big future. We worked specifically on a plan on what he can improve, every player can improve. He will have his minutes as well.”
Things seem to be falling in to place for the youngster and the club have now shown that they believe in him, with the deal he signed worth a reported sixty thousand Pounds a week, making it clear that our hierarchy are not messing around and are really invested in making Loftus-Cheek the first academy player to break into the first team since John Terry, so we can-for the time being- afford to be optimistic and hope for better things to come.