Midfielder explains why he decided to leave Chelsea
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has lifted the lid on his decision to leave Chelsea and join Crystal Palace on loan in the summer
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has lifted the lid on his decision to leave Chelsea to join Crystal Palace on loan.
The Chelsea midfielder opted to leave Stamford Bridge in search of regular first-team football after struggling to hold down a regular spot in the first team in recent seasons.
The 21-year-old has made one assist in seven Premier League appearances for Crystal Palace this season as he bids to try and help the Eagles avoid relegation under Roy Hodgson.
Loftus-Cheek is considered as one of Chelsea’s most promising youngster, but he has not yet been able to force his way into a regular spot in the first team at Stamford Bridge.
And the midfielder has now lifted the lid on why he opted to leave Chelsea on loan in the summer in search of regular football.
Loftus-Cheek is quoted as saying by Sky Sports: “I had a vision and it became quite strong that I wanted to go from Chelsea.
“I felt like I needed to play a lot, so I came in and said I wanted to go away from Chelsea and play games. So we came to an agreement.
“You can only improve so much in training. Games and training are completely different. So for me to get to that next level I needed to play regular football.
“I thought it was the best decision to go from Chelsea to play and develop myself which looks like being a good thing.”
Chelsea were 1-0 winners over Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend as they moved up to fourth place in the Premier League table.
Antonio Conte’s men are currently nine points behind leaders Manchester City after 11 games of the campaign as they bid to try and claw their way back into the Premier League title race.
They take on West Brom in their next Premier League game at The Hawthorns next weekend.