Midfielder Loftus-Cheek announces he wants to ’emulate Terry’ as Chelsea to open talks
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has told Chelsea that he wants to emulate the great John Terry, as he looks all set to commit his future to the club.
Loftus-Cheek has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons this season as Maurizio Sarri has failed to give him the kind of Premier League game time that he needed and wanted, preferring to hand the England international most of his starts in the Europa league.
That has of course led to a lot of transfer speculation linking Loftus-Cheek with a summer move to either Liverpool or Arsenal, who are keen to add something different to their squads and are reportedly ready to meet the £40 million valuation on the head of Cheek.
But after reports emerged this week that Chelsea were planning to open talks with the midfielder, he has dropped a massive hint that he is all set to stay by admitting that he would like to emulate great Terry at Chelsea.
Loftus-Cheek, 23, briefly played alongside Terry at Stamford Bridge while the pair were at opposite ends of their careers but the former England captain clearly made a big impression on the midfielder.
When asked whether he wishes to emulate Terry at Chelsea by ESPNFC, Loftus-Cheek said: ‘Yeah definitely, but I think that comes with a lot of experience. I don’t think Chelsea can ever replace John [Terry]. He was the best leader I’ve seen, not just on the pitch but off it.
‘He was always organising and sorting stuff out to make it easier for us. On the pitch he was very vocal and was that character you have at the back who would organise and make you feel safe.
‘I’ve observed that and felt that feeling, and that’s something that comes with experience. The more experience I get, then hopefully I can be that person.’
If Loftus-Cheek can have half the illustrious career that Terry had he would be doing well as the Chelsea legend was one of the greatest defenders the Premier League has every seen.
Loftus-Cheek has a big future in the game and many will now be hoping that he does indeed sign up and end all speculation on his future, as there have been too many rumours over the past few months.