Chelsea’s Loftus-Cheek Opens The Door To Possible Palace Return

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Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek has opened the door to a potential Palace return whilst discussing his quest for playing time with Maurizio Sarri’s Blues.

The 22-year-old was part of the England squad which took on Spain and Switzerland over the international break, with Southgate handing him a start against the Swiss at Leicester’s King Power Stadium on Tuesday night. Clearly, the England gaffer is a huge fan of Ruben’s but without regular starts at Stamford Bridge, it will become more and more difficult to justify his selection with the Three Lions. 

Having played just 33 minutes of football for Chelsea during the 2018/19 campaign, the Lewisham-born midfielder is hopeful of gaining more game-time once the club begin the grind of regular Europa League ties, given the extra strain it will place on Sarri’s currently favoured starting XI. When pressed on how he felt about a potential return to SE25 should his wish not become a reality, the midfielder was diplomatic, refusing the chance to shut it down altogether as many would have expected. 

Roy Hodgson’s side still have one loan slot available to fill in the January window and have made no secret of how keen they are to re-sign Ruben, making it a call that the player and his parent club will have to pull the trigger when the time arises. A fair few Chelsea fans were underwhelmed by his display in midweek but without regular games at domestic level, a bit of rust should always be expected. 

There has been a fair bit of discussion over a new long-term contract being put on the table by Chelsea’s board but with his place in the first-team squad still so precarious, I’d imagine Loftus-Cheek is unsure about putting pen to paper just yet. It always felt as though we were on a hiding to nothing trying to bring him back over the summer but if he continues to warm the bench throughout autumn, the New Year may bring good news for those of us who want to see him back in red and blue. 

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  • Kevin September 13, 2018 - 7:13 am Reply

    Would be nice, but can’t see it happening unless it’s a loan option to buy.

  • Lawro September 13, 2018 - 10:08 am Reply

    Seems to be a lot of hype about a potential loan when Ruben doesn’t really say much. In response to a question on if he could return to Palace on loan he said: “Possibly but it is still far away. There are still a lot of games to play and I just have to see what happens. Right now I am at Chelsea and my focus is at Chelsea and learning at Chelsea. That is in the future and we will deal with that when it comes.”

    At best that is incredibly diplomatic. He’s not shutting down the idea completely, but he’s not saying he’s coming. He’s actually saying nothing at all really, he’s smart enough not to prejudice anything that may happen at Chelsea whilst at the same time letting Chelsea know that he isn’t afraid to leave them for game time. I mean he’s saying no more than he was saying during the summer when he talked about wanting to be at a club where he will get games.

    That said love to see him back!

  • Eric The Ninja September 13, 2018 - 2:36 pm Reply

    The Premier League needs a squad cap on all players, not just those registered to play for the season. This and other situations like this occur because the rich clubs are allowed to buy as many players as they want and then either loan them out or just sit on them like investments waiting to pay out. These are people, not stocks to be bought low and sold high.

    • Lawro September 14, 2018 - 10:39 am Reply

      Totally agree. Chelsea’s harvesting of young players is shocking. All because they may find one player in a hundred, it should be about the players themselves.

      I think it hurts the national team too. The big clubs hoover up young English talent and then don’t give them the time to develop that they really need. Those players never properly develop and then the depth of English talent is reduced. Ruben got into the England team because of his performances for Palace. If he stays at Chelsea he won’t get the games and then won’t play for England.

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