Ruben Loftus-Cheek has insisted that his future is still at Chelsea, despite joining Fulham on a season-long loan.
The midfielder has struggled for regular first-team opportunities at Chelsea throughout his time at the club. This is despite him being one of their highest-rated youngsters in recent years.
Loftus-Cheek enjoyed a successful loan spell with Crystal Palace in 2017/18. His form for Chelsea’s London rivals led him to be included in England’s squad for the 2018 World Cup.
The 24-year-old returned to Chelsea that summer and enjoyed a great season for the Blues in 2018/19. He made 40 appearances for them in all competitions, scoring ten goals.
But an Achilles injury hampered his development as he missed a few months of action. He only managed to make seven league appearances for Chelsea last season before he joined Fulham on loan for the whole 2020/21 Premier League campaign.
In a recent interview, as cited by the We Ain’t Got No History blog, Loftus-Cheek reiterated that he wants to return to Chelsea next summer:
“I was the one who initiated it. I felt like it was paramount that I played a lot of football this season.
“With the strength in depth at Chelsea and how I was feeling, I was not sure being out for so long that when I had the opportunity that I could play fantastically and hold down a place in the starting XI. I was not 100 per cent I could do that, because I need to build my confidence back up. That was basically the theme of the chat. The gaffer agreed on that and things went on from there.”
“I still see my future at Chelsea. I believe in my ability 100 per cent. This is obviously not a permanent move. This is a platform for me to go and express myself and find that form that was showing a couple of seasons ago. I believe in my ability, and we will see where that takes me.”