Chelsea-owned midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is reportedly attracting plenty of interest ahead of this summer.

Blues academy graduate Loftus-Cheek, who is on a season-long loan at Fulham, has a long way back to break into the first-team squad at Stamford Bridge.

According to TEAMtalk, the 25-year-old hopes he can get a chance under new Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel next season.

But it is explained that the £60,000-a-week (Spotrac) English powerhouse is not part of the long-term plans at the club, which is why they would be prepared to sell him.

The report adds that Premier League duo Aston Villa and Crystal Palace have both registered interest as they lead the pursuit for his signature.

Additionally, Fulham would like to keep him at Craven Cottage beyond his loan deal with them, but that would be dependent on them staying in the top flight amid their relegation battle.

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The Chronicle View

If you ask Chelsea fans about Loftus-Cheek, most are desperate to see him return to the club and become a massive success.

Unfortunately, his season so far has done very little to suggest that can be possible. 

The attacking midfielder hasn’t always started for Fulham due to inconsistent form, and it’s just his final product that has been lacking at times.

At his best, he was a key performer under Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea, as well as a senior England international. But injuries derailed his career, and it looks a long way back now, so a sale may be best for all parties. 

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