According to Matt Law of The Telegraph, Chelsea are holding a firm stance on Ruben Loftus-Cheek not being sold this summer, not even if the midfielder’s exploits with England at the World Cup raise his value. They could, however, be forced to send him out on loan again.
Loftus-Cheek’s performance in his full international debut in England’s 6-1 win over Panama is very likely to have turned the attention of a few clubs his way. The player himself recently revealed his desire to play first-team football might take him away from Stamford Bridge, and in that way he caught the attention of Crystal Palace (where he already spent a season on loan), West Ham and Everton.
Meanwhile, Chelsea believe the 22-year-old could be a very important player for them in the future and they are refusing to budge, regardless of who their next manager will be. At this point it seems likely to be Maurizzio Sarri who, once appointed will have a difficult task of organizing the squad (including a decision on Loftus-Cheek’s future) in a time-span significantly shorter than in previous seasons due to the transfer window closing before the season starts.
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