After the signing of Mateo Kovacic last week, Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s future at the Stamford Bridge looks bleak.

Kovacic, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas and even the resurgent Ross Barkley look to be ahead of Loftus-Cheek in the pecking order.

After having a successful season at Crystal Palace last season, why should he settle for being a back-up?

Chelsea FC v Sporting Clube de Portugal - UEFA Champions League

Ruben Loftus-Cheek made his debut during the Champions League in 2014 (Photo by Marc Atkins/Mark Leech/Getty Images)

A firm fan-favourite at Chelsea, Loftus-Cheek has played just 33 times despite being at the club for over 10 years.

Glenn Hoddle even compared him to Michael Ballack during his formative years.

A comparison that may have raised expectations too much and hindered his career.

And with Schalke – a club on the rise under manager Domenico Tedesco – reportedly interested in Loftus-Cheek, he could do worse things that moving to Germany.

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Tedesco of Schalke is taking charge of his second preseason at Schalke (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Tedesco proved last season that he could set up a team of young players to play attacking, winning football.

And it is in this system where Loftus-Cheek could resurrect his career after so much hype as a youngster.

Loftus-Cheek’s powerful style of play would suit the Bundesliga perfectly and could prove a launch-pad for his career.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been limited to substitute appearances (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

If Loftus-Cheek wants to develop as a player, he should finally leave the Chelsea nest and showcase his talents on a weekly-basis elsewhere.

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