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Ruben Loftus-Cheek is back at Chelsea this season after his loan spell at Crystal Palace.

The Blues’ youngster is also part of England‘s team who tonight will face Switzerland: speaking with Sky Sports, Loftus-Cheek himself reflected on his career so far: “Being 22 feels quite old, considering some of the boys were playing when they were 17 or 18. I’d like to have more appearances by now, but it’s just the way my journey has gone, and I just have to be patient with it”. Loftus-Cheek said.  “I can see it as a positive; I’m playing for England, playing well when I play, and that’s without too many appearances so it’s still raw in that sense.”

Also, during the interview, Loftus-Cheek admitted the importance of his loan spell at Crystal Palace last season: “Being at Chelsea, it’s a top club with top players,” he said. “When I’m training at 17 or 18 with the first team, it was really good for my education playing with these top players”. Chelsea midfielder went on. “I really enjoyed playing and training with them, I could feel myself getting better every day and improving, but it got to a point where training wasn’t enough and you need the exposure in the Premier League. That’s when I took the chance to go to Palace, and even when that happened, I thought I could’ve done it earlier. I started really enjoying my football, playing in the Premier League every week, and I felt the benefits. The benefit of last season at Palace [was first-team football]. I was fortunate enough to be fit for that period where it’s like a game every three days over Christmas, and I got my body used to being able to play, have a rest, then play on a Tuesday. That was massive for me and I coped with it well.”

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Southampton and Crystal Palace are interested in signing Danny Drinkwater from Chelsea, according to reports in England.

The 28-year-old joined the Blues from Leicester City on Deadline Day last summer and has been reportedly given the green light to leave Stamford Bridge in order to get more game time next season.

Drinkwater, who feature against Perth Glory and Inter Milan, recently told Chelsea’s official website: “I’m really looking forward to getting going again.

We’re all determined to do better than last season, although it was a good way to end with the FA Cup. We know what is expected of this club and we want to win trophies, that’s what it’s all about”.

New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is reportedly willing to listen to offers for the midfielder, who joined Chelsea on a £35m move last summer and whose time at the club could be over after less than 12 months.

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England international and Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek told SkySports he “understands” the Blues are a massive club despite “not be given a chance” at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte’s management has been “so difficult”. 

The former Crystal Palace star said: “It’s been so difficult to go from playing every game then get to the seniors and not be given a chance. It’s really difficult mentally, there’s only so long you just enjoy training with top players.

“From a year ago, I’ve improved so much from playing. A game situation is completely different. It’s hard to compare the faith of Gareth Southgate and Roy Hodgson and my lack of chances at Chelsea because it’s such a big club – managers are under pressure and maybe don’t want to take a chance on a young player.

About Maurizio Sarri‘s imminent arrival, Loftus-Cheek added: “I don’t understand what’s going on behind the scenes fully, but Chelsea’s a massive club and I understand why chances don’t come so often”.

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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek played the whole game against Panama in Novgorod this afternoon.

The 22-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace, was involved in England’s 6-1 victory against Los Canaleros.

Loftus-Cheek went close to scoring in the 62nd minute with a left-footed shot which was deflected from Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who grabbed his hat-trick becoming the best goalscorer at 2018 World Cup so far.

England will cope with Belgium in the final game of Group G next Thursday.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek has confirmed he will make a decision over his Chelsea future at the end of the World Cup.

The England international, who’s been selected from Gareth Southgate in the 23-man squad which will travel to Russia, played 22 games for Crystal Palace in 2017/18 campaign.

“Going forward I’ve really realised the importance of playing regularly for my own progress and development,” he told Mirror Sport. 

“I felt like I got better and better every game at Palace so playing regularly is the key going forward and that will help me make my decision after the World Cup.”

Loftus-Cheek recently added Chelsea would remain his first choice if regular first-team football is guaranteed.

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22-year-old midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has confirmed Chelsea would remain his first choice if regular first-team football is guaranteed. The England international, who’s been selected from Gareth Southgate in the 23-man squad which will travel to Russia next month, played 22 games for Crystal Palace in 2017/18 campaign.

Loftus-Cheek said speaking at a press conference: “I always try to improve my game but this was my first real season as a Premier League player. I didn’t play as much as I wanted because of the injuries, but I am excited for next season and just want to play a lot again”.

“I’m not thinking about going on loan again too much right now. I’m trying to focus on this summer and what’s to come. This tournament is too big to be overlooking and not giving my full focus. Right now my mind is on that”.

The midfielder suffered an ankle injury which kept him out for three months earlier this season.

“I have to go back to Chelsea for pre-season anyway, that is where I will be after the World Cup. So I will decide, when that time comes” Loftus-Cheek added.

“I’m not too worried about future. It will get sorted. But I’m focused on training well now and looking to get as fit as possible for the World Cup.”

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Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek told Standard Sport he spoke with England National Team head coach Gareth Southgate to persuade him he should be included in the 23-man squad for the World Cup.

Loftus-Cheek said: “Of course the World Cup has been in the back of my mind. At the start when surgery was mentioned I thought, ‘That sounds bad’. It was very scary because we did not know how long it would take and it was waiting to decide what was the best road to go down”. 

“I went back to Chelsea for physio and rehab. We did not know what I had done at first. My right ankle took a little bit of a fracture. It was either surgery or try and let it heal by itself. It was tough but I knew if I got back I could get into the World Cup squad.” 

“There was a period when it just did not feel like it was getting better and I was wondering how long it was going to take. But we made the decision that we would go with the conservative route and after a couple of weeks it did start to feel better. I am back now and raring to go. Right now I am focused on Palace, playing well and I have got seven games to get as much playing time as possible.”

He added: “I have always been confident in my ability, getting the opportunity has been the big thing for me. As long as I get an opportunity, with my ability, I can do well. My England debut was an opportunity for me to show that and I was really happy with how I did.”

Loftus-Cheek, who suffered a serious injury earlier in January, has confirmed “the ankle is feeling much better”. He said: “I feel fitter than I thought I would feel, I feel sharp in training so I am not too worried about my fitness. If I do get all seven games it is enough for me. I have spoken to Gareth. He did not say much, he just asked how my injury was. He wished me all the best for the games to come. It would be massive for me to go to a World Cup. That is what I am aspiring to but that will come from my performances with Palace at the end of the season”.

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill believes the Blues should remain focused on a top four place as “qualifying for the Champions League is the ambition”. 

The England international told Chelsea’s official website: “We had to show a lot of determination, the three points was all that mattered today, however we got them. In the first half, we could have got three or four. By the end they were throwing everything at it, as you’d expect. They made it difficult late on”.

‘We have to show a lot of courage and ambition to finish the season strongly. Qualifying for the Champions League is the ambition. We have put ourselves in a difficult situation, and we have to work hard to get ourselves out of it”.

Then Cahill added: “Up until the Bournemouth game things were fine, and since then results haven’t gone our way. We have to show the character and work-rate we did yesterday to finish in the top four”.

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Chelsea winger Willan reckons Crystal Palace “created some problems” to the Blues, despite a brilliant performance from the Brazilian star secured a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge for the Premier League champions.

Willian told Chelsea’s official website: “Anyway, we did a good job. It’s always a good feeling to be back winning after some not good results. We played very well; we could have scored more goals and the result could have been 4-1 or 5-1. In the Premier League you have to kill the game, otherwise you have problems, but we deserved the three points”.

‘I’m happy with my performance and my form,’ he added. ‘I hope to continue like this, but the most important thing is to win the games. We have to carry on in this way. We cannot go down any more – we have to stay high”.

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