Tuchel insists 25-year-old does not need to leave Chelsea in January

Tuchel insists 25-year-old does not need to leave Chelsea in January amid reported interest

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said that Ruben Loftus-Cheek has no reason to leave the club to play regularly amid the possibility of a January exit.

It has been a couple of weeks since the January transfer window and some players might have been considering their options.

Loftus-Cheek, who has reportedly attracted interest from Juventus, could be one of them.

The 25-year-old was involved a lot in November and December, largely due to Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante’s injuries, but now that these two have returned, Loftus-Cheek is arguably back to being fourth or fifth in the midfield pecking order.

In fact, he has only played a total of 25 minutes since starting in the 1-1 draw against Everton in mid-December.

Does Loftus-Cheek need to try to find another club to try to play more games? According to Tuchel, no.

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“[We] haven’t talked about it, and he has a lot of game time, I would say, if you look at the last years and this season,” the Chelsea manager told the media about Loftus-Cheek’s potential loan exit.

“I think he has a lot of game time and a lot to fight for here, [if] we talk about Ruben and my personal opinion.

On Chelsea’s potentially recalling several on-loan players in January, Tuchel added” “These [conversations] will happen behind closed doors, [and] when we have something to announce, we will announce [it].”

“It’s not only about the need to bring players back, but also the possibility.

“We sent them on loan to have a full season, a full year, they have a certain role at their [loan] clubs. So it’s not about bringing them back without having the possibility to decide it [on our own].”

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From Tuchel and Chelsea’s point of view, Loftus-Cheek is certainly a valuable squad member, particularly given his versatility and home-grown status [for European competitions].

Chelsea are still competing in five competitions, including the Club World Cup in February, and trimming their squad is the last thing they would want to do now.

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