Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed that there is a possibility that Ruben Loftus-Cheek exits on loan before the summer window shuts.

The 24-year-old is currently competing for a spot in the Blues first-team and he started the opening game of the Premier League season in a win over Brighton, but it was an underwhelming individual performance from him.

He’s failed to make the match day squad for any of the following three fixtures and Lampard has explained that the midfielder’s immediate future may be away from Stamford Bridge if the right opportunity presents itself.

“There’s a possibility that he may go out to play games because I think that will be great for him. We hold him in very high regard here, I certainly do and that could be a good option for him,” Lampard said, as quoted by the club’s official website.

“If that’s not the right option he’ll be competitive in this squad as well because of the qualities he has.

“I’m relaxed about it but I want to find the best path for Ruben and the best path for us so at the minute we’ll see with the week we’ve got ahead of us.”

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Loftus-Cheek is a major favourite with the Chelsea fanbase and there was so much excitement around him when he first broke into the senior squad from the academy.

His standout season was the 2018/19 campaign under Maurizio Sarri, but apart from that his time in a Chelsea shirt has been plagued by injuries and it’s massively halted his momentum to fulfil his huge potential.

He’s an attacking midfielder that previously impressed for Crystal Palace during a loan spell and he’s played for England too, but the current competition in Lampard’s squad is stiff this season.

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A selection of Chelsea supporters on social media agree that allowing Loftus-Cheek a temporary exit this season makes sense.

Here are some Blues fans discussing Loftus-Cheek:

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