'100%': Journalist confirms that Chelsea 25-year-old does not want to leave in the summer
Matt Law of the Telegraph explained that Ruben Loftus-Cheek is fully committed to proving he can play for Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel.
Speaking on the London is Blue podcast, Law was discussing potential Chelsea transfers that could arise this summer.
A lot of focus has been centered on those players who have spent the season on loan and will be aiming to break back into the squad.
The list is extremely long, ranging from Ross Barkley, Conor Gallagher, Marc Guehi, Ethan Ampadu, and more.
One name who Law insisted had a strong desire to impress Tuchel was Loftus-Cheek, the 25-year-old having just spent the term with relegated Fulham.
He said: “Ruben, I know wants to come and give it a go. That’s one thing I can 100% tell you.
“Ruben wants to have pre-season at Chelsea and wants to give it a go.
“He’s not willing to give up his Chelsea career without getting in front of Thomas Tuchel and having a preseason.”
Loftus-Cheek’s career has been a confusing one.
After rising through Chelsea’s academy, the midfielder was dubbed as England’s next exciting young talent.
There have been flashes of his potential, enough to earn him in a spot in England’s 2018 World Cup squad.
But a serious Achilles injury suffered in 2019 has stunted his development, a hurdle he is yet to fully overcome.
That move to Fulham was meant to relight Loftus-Cheek’s confidence and charisma.
This didn’t quite go according to plan, as the Cottagers were demoted from the top division.
It was certainly not the ideal preparation for a potential return to Chelsea, who have plenty of other struggling or shining stars to bring back on board.
However, Tuchel has already offered some encouraging words to Loftus-Cheek, saying in a press conference that the Englishman reminded him ‘of Michael Ballack.’
I’ve always liked Ruben. I’ve always wanted him to succeed. I think every Chelsea fan has.
And I’d be over the moon if Tuchel included him in his group next term.
However, I get the feeling the ship has now sailed.
Ruben needs to find a permanent footballing home.
With plenty of Premier League clubs interested, I think it might be time to flee the nest.