Ruben Loftus Cheek
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Ruben Loftus-Cheek has fired a sly dig at Chelsea ahead of what could prove to be a pivotal summer in his Blues career.

Loftus-Cheek is one of the most talented players that our academy has produced. The Englishman was head and shoulders above his counterparts as he came up through the youth ranks.

Having been kept behind as part of the first-team squad by Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, and subsequently starved of game-time, Loftus-Cheek joined Crystal Palace on a season-long loan last summer.

It really was the making of him. Loftus-Cheek’s performances earned him a place in the England squad, where he is currently competing in the World Cup in Russia. He’s had a taste of the big time and has no intention of going back to the bench.

Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea future could be decided once and for all this summer, and he has once again reiterated his craving for regular first-team football. Worryingly, he has suggested he may not get it at Stamford Bridge.

Loftus-Cheek is quoted by Sky Sports saying:

“It’s been so difficult to go from playing every game then get to the seniors and not be given a chance. It’s really difficult mentally, there’s only so long you just enjoy training with top players.”

“From a year ago, I’ve improved so much from playing. A game situation is completely different.”

“It’s hard to compare the faith of Gareth Southgate and Roy Hodgson and my lack of chances at Chelsea because it’s such a big club – managers are under pressure and maybe don’t want to take a chance on a young player.”

“I don’t understand what’s going on behind the scenes fully, but Chelsea’s a massive club and I understand why chances don’t come so often.”

What do you make of these comments, Blues?

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