Chelsea can’t afford to lose Loftus-Cheek and must offer him gametime assurances

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek says his decision over his future will be guided mainly by his opportunities to get gametime, according to the Daily Mirror. 

What’s the story, then?

The Mirror report that Loftus-Cheek feels that he needs to have a full season of playing in the first-team, whether that’s at Chelsea or elsewhere.

They say that’s because the midfielder even endured an injury-hit loan spell at Crystal Palace last term, nevertheless doing enough to get himself into the England setup for the World Cup. 

The report also spells out his willingness to pursue opportunities elsewhere as he understands that Chelsea may be unwilling to take a punt on him and make him the first academy prospect to graduate at Stamford Bridge since John Terry.

Chelsea must bow to his demands

Chelsea’s fans were not impressed at all last season and one way to get them back onside quickly would be to make Loftus-Cheek a key part of their first-team plans.

Maurizio Sarri is looking like being the man to take over at the Bridge and after a summer of stagnation, offering the Englishman a starring role and keeping him around would be a bold and popular choice in the opening stages of his reign.

On top of that, Loftus-Cheek looks a superior option to Danny Drinkwater, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ross Barkley at this moment in time so selling them to clear the decks would be a no-brainer and cost-effective.