Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek has dropped a big hint that he may move on this summer, while Everton are ready to bid £12million for a Championship winger, according to Thursday’s papers.
CHELSEA STAR DROPS BIG HINT OVER SUMMER EXIT
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has dropped a big hint he may have to quit Chelsea to ensure that his England career stays on track.
The midfield playmaker impressed in a 10-minute cameo in the victory over Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday night, winning the corner from which Harry Kane scored the late winner. And he is in line to replace Dele Alli if the Tottenham star fails to recover from a thigh injury in time for Sunday’s game against Panama on Sunday.
The 22-year-old is keen to put thoughts on his club future on hold while at the World Cup but, having enjoyed an impressive season on loan at Crystal Palace, he does not want to go back to Stamford Bridge and become a fringe player again.
Much will depend on who is manager at the west London club, with Maurizio Sarri expected to take over from Antonio Conte – but Loftus-Cheek admits he can’t afford not to be playing regularly at this stage of his career.
“Yes, that’s the key for me next season regarding where I end up. I want to play. I want to play as much as I can,” he said.
“Even this past season I didn’t play as much as I would have liked to because of the injuries and stuff. So I still feel I need a proper season of playing – wherever it is.
“I’m confident in my ability that I can do well wherever it is. But I’m just not thinking about whether I’m going to play at Chelsea right now. I’m just focused on the tournament.”
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