‘I felt it was paramount that I played a lot of football this season’: Ruben Loftus-Cheek reveals he approached Frank Lampard about moving to Fulham but insists he still sees his future at Chelsea
- Ruben Loftus-Cheek fell into the pecking order at Chelsea after his injury
- An Achilles problem kept him out for 13 months and limited his playing time
- The midfielder did start the victory in Brighton, but felt he needed minutes regularly
- He therefore started talks with Frank Lampard before going on loan from Fulham
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has revealed that he has started talks with Frank Lampard about lending Chelsea to West London rival Fulham.
The midfielder had fallen into the pecking order at Stamford Bridge after sustaining an Achilles tendon injury in April last year that kept him out for 13 months, which saw him join Scott Parker’s men over the summer.
The England international played just over an hour ahead of the Blues in their Brighton win in their opening game of the new Premier League season, but with increasing competition after the club spent £ 220 million in the summer, he took a step away from to regain his victory. trust.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has revealed that he has started talks with Frank Lampard about leaving on loan
Loftus-Cheek joined Fulham in the summer after falling into the pecking order at Chelsea
‘We had an honest conversation. I was the one who initiated it, ‘Loftus-Cheek told The Sun.
‘I felt it was of the utmost importance that I played a lot of football this season.
“ With the strength in depth at Chelsea and how I felt, I wasn’t sure that I wasn’t sure for so long that when I got the chance, I could play great and keep a place in the starting line-up. .
‘I wasn’t 100 percent, I could do that because I need to rebuild my confidence.
He did play in Chelsea’s win at Brighton before being replaced by Ross Barkley after an hour
But he insisted on being loaned out to Fulham to regain his confidence at regular minutes
‘That was actually the theme of the chat. The gaffer agreed on that and it went on from there. ‘
Loftus-Cheek was limited to nine games for Chelsea in the 2019/20 season following his return from his serious injury, of which there were only two starts, after 10 goals and five assists from 40 appearances the previous season.
The 24-year-old also signed a new five-year deal with Chelsea in July 2019 and committed to the club until 2024.
However, the England international believes his future remains at Stamford Bridge
And the midfielder insisted he has no intention of breaking that agreement permanently anytime soon, adding: ‘I still see my future at Chelsea.
‘I believe 100 percent in my ability. Obviously, this is not a permanent move [to Fulham].
‘This is a platform for me to express myself and find that form that showed a few seasons ago.
“I believe in my skills, and we’ll see where that takes me.”