Chelsea looking at young star as £75m ace alternative

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has moved to dismiss suggestions his side are after Juventus’ Paul Pogba, instead hailing Ruben Loftus-Cheek as a key member of his squad going forward.

The Old Lady’s 22-year-old star has been linked with the Blues in recent times and is believed to be available for around £75m this summer.

Although Chelsea have the financial muscle to fund such an offer, Mourinho is keen to use Loftus-Cheek next term alongside the likes of Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas.

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The 19-year-old is seen s one of the best young English players in his position and made his full debut for the Londoners earlier this season.

And despite Pogba being a top-quality, international player, Mourinho says that he doesn’t need the ex-Manchester United man, as he’s keen to give Loftus-Cheek a chance, with a big role waiting for him next season:

“I don’t think about Pogba or other players. The only thing I can tell you is that you look to our midfield players and between Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic, Ramires, Ruben and John Obi Mikel we have a good group.” He is quoted by The Metro.

“And I believe a lot in Ruben and I repeat next season the squad will be made in a way where Ruben is not a number, where he is a player to compete for a position. Ruben is a player that next season I expect him, not just to play a few times, but I expect him to compete for a place in the team.

“I think Ruben next season will be not just a first-team player like he is at the moment, he will be a player to play and compete for a position.”