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Even with the similarities between the English pair, Chelsea wants the two players to be part of the club’s long term plans.
The uncertainty over Loftus-Cheek’s future comes after Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson revealed he wanted to sign the 21-year-old permanently.
Hodgson is quoted by The Standard saying:
“The way Ruben’s been playing for us, he’s a player we’d like to have at our club, there’s no doubt about that.”
However, The Standard understands that Chelsea will block any hopes of Palace signing Loftus-Cheek.
Can Loftus-Cheek fight for his Chelsea place next season?
Chelsea’s midfield places are competitive to say the least. N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas, Timeoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater are the players both Loftus-Cheek and Barkley will have to compete with.
Loftus-Cheek has scored just one goal this season but the Blues academy graduate could still make an impact at the club.
It’s unlikely for the moment, but Loftus-Cheek and Barkley could be the cornerstone of our future teams.