'Such a good feeling': 25-year-old Chelsea player on what fans at Stamford Bridge have been doing for him this season

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has given a special mention to Chelsea fans for the way they’ve treated him at Stamford Bridge this season.

Loftus-Cheek, 25, has been reintegrated to the Blues first team this campaign. 

The versatile midfielder spent last season finding it difficult out on loan with Fulham, who were eventually relegated from the Premier League. However, the Englishman has been given another chance under current Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.

The club’s academy graduate is just eight appearances short of 100 senior Chelsea games and it’s been a rollercoaster ride, with a long-term injury disrupting him a few years ago.

Loftus-Cheek has thanked fans for the way he’s been welcomed back:

“Even coming off the back of the Fulham season, when I kind of fell off the radar – being in a team that got relegated and not scoring too many goals or getting assists – to come back and hear the fans still sing your name is such a good feeling,” Loftus-Cheek said, as quoted by the club’s official 5th Stand App on Thursday. 

“That reiterates that point about how the fans are always behind me, wanting me to succeed, so I’ve always got a place in my heart for the Chelsea fans, for sure. 100 per cent.”

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Loftus-Cheek a Chelsea favourite

Loftus-Cheek was the first Chelsea player in many years to step up from the academy to the senior squad. His path has now been followed by so many individuals. For instance, the likes of Mason Mount and Reece James are now key figures at the Bridge.

Loftus-Cheek’s return in recent months has been a beautiful sight and he appears to be winning over Tuchel. The powerhouse central midfielder has played 10 matches so far this season.

Peter Crouch raved about him earlier this month by saying there is “no limit” on how good he can become. In addition, Rio Ferdinand has called him “magnificent” already this season.

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Something building at Bridge

There is a feel-good factor around Chelsea right now where they seem stacked with talent in every position. 

The side are top of the Premier League table right now, which is even more impressive given the injuries they’ve had to navigate around in the opening quarter of the season. 

A strong nucleus of academy players has united the fans. 

There are some contract issues with senior players that need sorting, though.

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