No one is in any doubt that Crystal Palace would love to bring Ruben Loftus-Cheek back to the club in a permanent capacity next season but if the Chelsea man’s latest Instagram post is anything to go by, he’s fully expecting to be playing his football at Stamford Bridge next term.
— CPFC HQ (@CPFCHQ) May 13, 2018
The England midfielder played the full 90 minutes of the Eagles’ 2-0 home victory over West Brom on Sunday, helping Roy Hodgson to sign off on a third straight win to head into the summer but despite the gaffer’s openness when speaking about his desire to bring him back to SE25 for the long-term next season, it looks as though he has his heart set on a return to west London.
Of course, should he stay on Chelsea’s books and continue to struggle for game-time, he may decide to give a switch to Selhurst some serious thought but with the World Cup on the horizon and Gareth Southgate looking likely to give him a place on the plane, I think we can forgive the midfield man for thinking big after such an eye-catching nine months in red and blue.
With years left to run on his Chelsea contract, the fee the Blues would ask for (if indeed they’re even prepared to consider the prospect of letting Ruben go) is likely to be sky-high, calling into question whether we can afford or are even willing to pay enough for him, given the budgetary constraints we’re likely to be working under over the summer months.
Loftus-Cheek has played a massive role in the turnaround we’ve enjoyed under Roy Hodgson and whilst I and thousands of others would love to see him put pen to paper on a permanent deal with us ahead of the next campaign, I’ll always be grateful for the stint he spent with us regardless of what happens from here on in.
Keep those fingers crossed.