Chelsea still fighting to prevent midfielder sealing transfer away this month

Chelsea reportedly still need to persuade Ruben Loftus-Cheek to stay at Stamford Bridge as we head towards the end of the summer transfer window for European clubs.

The England international has not been a regular for the Blues and could yet leave on loan for a club in Spain, Germany or France before the end of August.

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And according to the Daily Mirror, it seems Loftus-Cheek is not ruling this out after he was left out of Chelsea’s squad to face Arsenal at the weekend.

After getting a taste for first-team football with a loan to Crystal Palace last season, it is unsurprising perhaps that Loftus-Cheek is eager to maintain that after his fine form got him a place in England’s World Cup squad this summer.

The 22-year-old is unlikely to get that kind of playing time at Chelsea, though the club could perhaps do with the cover in midfield.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Ruben Loftus-Cheek enjoyed more playing time at Crystal Palace last season

Maurizio Sarri has signed both Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic in that department this season, but Tiemoue Bakayoko has left for a loan to AC Milan, while Danny Drinkwater has struggled to impress.

Loftus-Cheek could therefore get some opportunities, but whether it’s enough to persuade him to remain in west London is another thing.

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