Ruben Loftus-Cheek has revealed what made him seek a new challenge away from Chelsea.
The midfielder, who is set to make his England debut against Germany on Friday night, left his childhood club to join Crystal Palace on loan in the summer. Leaving the defending champions for a side battling relegation was a risk, but one that is paying dividends already.
“I had a vision and it became quite strong that I wanted to go from Chelsea,” he said.
“I felt like I needed to play a lot, so I came in and said I wanted to go away from Chelsea and play games. So we came to an agreement.
“You can only improve so much in training. Games and training are completely different. So for me to get to that next level I needed to play regular football.
“I thought it was the best decision to go from Chelsea to play and develop myself which looks like being a good thing.”
Loftus-Cheek has frequently been cast as the individual whose progress will damn or justify the entire Chelsea Academy, but he tries not to focus on such a burden.
“I didn’t see it that way, I didn’t want to put all that pressure on myself,” he said.
“I need to work hard and not be treated as the player to ‘do it’ but the player who deserves it.”