Chelsea have reportedly stood in the way of Ruben Loftus-Cheek securing a loan exit, and it has left the midfield ace far from impressed.
The 22-year-old has been building momentum in recent months as having impressed during his loan spell with Crystal Palace last season, he earned a call-up to the England squad for the World Cup this summer.
With that in mind, he’ll be desperate to now play regularly and continue to develop his game, but whether or not he gets the chance to do that at Stamford Bridge remains to be seen.
According to The Sun, Chelsea have denied him the chance to join either Monaco or Schalke on loan with the deadline for most of Europe fast approaching on Friday, and that is said to have left the England international ‘fuming’ over the decision as he’s concerned over his lack of playing time.
That concern appears to be justified already as he made a substitute appearance against Huddersfield in the opening Premier League game of the season, only to be left out of the squad and on the bench against Arsenal and Newcastle United respectively since.
Maurizio Sarri has a preferred style of play that he was lauded for at Napoli and Empoli, and with Jorginho following him from Naples along with the summer loan signing of Mateo Kovacic, the pair appear to have the technical quality and creative class that the Italian tactician needs in that department.
Coupled with the obvious presence of N’Golo Kante who provides such an important contribution to the team as well as Ross Barkley who appears to be a favourite for Sarri, it does raise concerning question marks for Loftus-Cheek as to where he fits into this plan.
Nevertheless, with Chelsea looking to compete on various fronts this season, including in the Europa League, he will likely get his opportunities when Sarri looks to rotate. However, that isn’t ideal as he would surely prioritise an exit if it meant having a prominent role elsewhere.