Chelsea player Ruben Loftus-Cheek has shared that he started training early in the summer, which is a big reason why he currently feels in great shape.

The 25-year-old made a return during pre-season to the Blues group after spending the previous campaign out on loan with Fulham.

He’s a massive fan favourite at Stamford Bridge because he’s a product of the academy, but he’s got a lot to prove right now.

His career was derailed back in 2019 due to an Achilles injury that saw him miss over a year, so he was given last season to try get back to full fitness.

The attacking midfielder played regularly for London rivals Fulham, who were eventually relegated from the Premier League. He spent a lot of time in more advanced positions, but previously in a Chelsea shirt he’s played in the centre of the park.

Loftus-Cheek’s spell under Maurizio Sarri showed what he’s capable of, so it’ll be interesting to see what new boss Thomas Tuchel is making of him this summer.

The 10-time capped England international has personally said he feels great.

“My break was relaxed. I had a little bit longer than usual, so I enjoyed it with my family, just mentally and physically. I started doing a bit of training quite early because I felt like I had a lot of time, so that’s why I feel fit now and relaxed and mentally fresh and ready to go,” Loftus-Cheek said.

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After Conor Gallagher’s recent departure on loan, it looks like it could be a straight shootout between Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley to be involved in the Chelsea first-team squad in the upcoming season.

Loftus-Cheek, 25, has been looking to show Tuchel what he can do during the summer break. It’s brilliant to hear his attitude to start training early.

If he can reignite his Blues career, it’s going to be quite the story.

There is no doubt he’s got the individual technique to add something to his squad with his power and flair. However, is the confidence there?

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