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Wednesday 14 November 2018

Loftus-Cheek's focus on starting berth at Chelsea

Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Ruben Loftus-Cheek insists he is focused solely on breaking into the Chelsea side after starting England's friendly victory over Switzerland.

The 22-year-old impressed while on loan at Crystal Palace last season, earning a World Cup call-up with his dynamic displays which helped keep the Eagles in the Premier League.

He opted to remain at Stamford Bridge this year in an attempt to break into the first team on a regular basis under new boss Maurizio Sarri.

So far he has struggled to do so, playing just 33 minutes of football for the Blues in two substitute appearances this term.

Loftus-Cheek started England's 1-0 win at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday evening and has now racked up more international football than he has at club level.

Asked if he could head back to Palace in January, Loftus-Cheek replied: "Possibly, but it is still far away, there are still a lot of games to play and I just have to see what happens.

"Right now I am at Chelsea and my focus is at Chelsea and learning at Chelsea. That is in the future and we will deal with that when it comes.

"I'm not sure when I am going to play. It is just down to me working hard in training, I don't know whether I am going to play or not play but for me it stays the same, I still train well and do everything the right way in case I do play."

As they prepare to face Cardiff tomorrow, the Blues have won their first four league matches under their new Italian boss - but Loftus-Cheek is hopeful that the start of the Europa League and League Cup over the next fortnight will afford him more of a chance to impress on the pitch.

"There are a lot of games coming up so I think there will be more opportunities coming for players that are not playing every week," he added.

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