Ruben Loftus-Cheek Refuses To Rule Out January Move
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has refused to rule out a January loan move despite Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri saying the England midfielder would be staying at the club.
Schalke and Crystal Palace are reportedly interested in a winter loan move for the 22-year-old, after both had offers turned down in the summer, but Sarri seems to have dashed their hopes, saying: "Ruben in October played four out of five. I think the situation is not for a loan."
However, speaking to Standard Sport, Loftus-Check seemed open to another loan move, when questioned about Sarri's quotes, he added: "It is good to hear him say that, but I'm concentrating on the here and now.
"A lot can change in football in a short space of time. I don't look too far ahead."
The World Cup semi-finalist is yet to start a Premier League game this season, despite shining for the Blues in the Europe League, where he scored his first career hattrick.
The lack of game time for the Stamford Bridge side isn't helping with the progression of the youngsters England career, as he only featured late in the second half in the USA friendly at Wembley, while he failed to get on in the crucial Nations League game against Croatia.
Although, he admits he is feeling better about his career than he did in the summer: "I am in a happier head space now. I think months ago, in the summer, I wasn't sure what was happening. I'd hoped to have had more appearances, so it is hard.
"But it's more important to be patient in life, not just football. If I stay patient I'm in a better head space to learn rather than being in a frustrated place, wasting time with negative energy."
Palace would be considered a more likely destination for Loftus-Cheek considering he spent a good stint at the London club last season.
In the meantime, the 22-year-old might be called upon tomorrow as Chelsea head to Wembley to take on Tottenham. in the league.
Sarri's men will be hoping to keep their 100 percent league record in tact and 8/5 says they pick up all three points at the national stadium, while Spurs are 9/5 to end Chelsea's 18 game unbeaten run