Chelsea sent big warning as brilliant £25 million rated midfielder makes big transfer announcement
Tottenham and Newcastle target Ruben Loftus-Cheek has dropped a massive hint he is ready to leave Stamford Bridge on a permanent basis.
The highly-rated midfielder earned himself a place on the plane to Russia after a very impressive season while on loan at Crystal Palace.
He is expected to star against Panama at the weekend, after coming off the bench in England’s 2-1 win against Tunisia on Monday night.
But his future has been the subject of intense speculation, as it has been claimed he will be loaned out again next season rather than get his chance to impress incoming boss Maurizio Sarri.
And waiting in the wings is both Newcastle and Tottenham, who are looking to improve their midfields this summer and have targeted a £25 million move for Loftus-Cheek.
Now the powerhouse has threatened to quit the club if he does is not guaranteed regular game time next season.
“That’s the key for me next season regarding where I end up. I want to play,” he said on the Guardian.
“I want to play as much as I can. And even this past season just gone I didn’t play as much as I would have liked because of injuries. So I still feel I need a proper season of playing, wherever it is.
“I do understand Chelsea are a big club and there is always pressure on managers to win games and trophies. So I understand they might not be willing to take a chance on someone at a bigger club.
“Ever since I was in the Chelsea academy, I’ve had that awareness that people were saying I would be the first one to break through since John Terry. I believed I could but the opportunities didn’t quite come for me.
“It’s hard to keep training at your best but I made sure I did for when the time came, or when I did get opportunities like at Palace.
“We’ll see what happens. I’m confident in my ability and that I can do well, wherever it is. But I’m not thinking about whether I’m going to play at Chelsea right now. I’m only focused on the tournament.”
Loftus-Cheek’s muscular energy and poise on the ball has earned much praise over the weekend, with many believing he is tipped to become a real star of the game.
Spurs and Newcastle will now be keeping a very close eye as both believe they can give Loftus-Cheek the game time his talent needs to develop.