Crystal Palace have made absolutely no secret of the fact that they’d love the chance to bring Ruben Loftus-Cheek back to the club on a permanent or temporary basis next season, making the midfielder’s latest swipe at the Chelsea hierarchy all the more intriguing.
Whilst his mind is quite rightly focussed on the task at hand with Russia as things stand, discussions over his immediate future will continue to swirl until there is some clarity over where he’ll be playing his football next season; a question he seems as unsure about as anyone.
In the quotes attached above, the 22-year-old has been quick to air his frustration at the lack of first-team opportunities he’s been afforded at Stamford Bridge, openly admitting that he’s in the dark as to what goes on behind the scenes between managers and board members. Quite clearly, there is a desire from certain figures within the club to retain his services in the long-term but with no guarantee over first-team starts in the 2018/19 campaign, Ruben has wasted no time in hinting at his willingness to move on if a place is the side isn’t forthcoming by August.
Evidently, for Loftus-Cheek, game-time will be the main factor in his decision over where to play next season, with his stint at Palace having opened his mind to the world that exists beyond Chelsea’s Cobham training base.
Whilst he is still under a relatively long contract with the Blues, they won’t want a player with such a big future losing his rag with them from the very start of the new campaign, opening up the possibility of another loan deal ahead of further discussions over a potential permanent switch in a year’s time. It may seem a tad silly kicking the can down the road for another 12 months but with the constant churn of first-team bosses at Stamford Bridge, it’s not difficult to grasp why youth development often takes a back-seat when ready-made stars are available for recruitment each summer.
I for one am keeping my fingers crossed over a potential Selhurst return for Ruben. After the most successful season of his career to date being spent in red and blue, I’m fairly certain he’s open to the idea too.
Watch this space.