Jamie Redknapp defends 21-year-old’s decision to leave Chelsea

The Liverpool legend believes Ruben Loftus-Cheek had to leave Chelsea given the summer signings

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Liverpool legend Jamie Redknapp Photo: Sky One

Jamie Redknapp has defended Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s decision to leave Chelsea in the summer.

The 21-year-old opted to complete a loan switch to Crystal Palace in the summer transfer window after failing to tie down a regular spot in the Chelsea team.

Loftus-Cheek made seven appearances in the Premier League as Antonio Conte’s side won the title with two games to spare in the 2016-17 season.

The powerful midfielder decided against remaining at the west London club and continuing to fight for a first-team place.

Gareth Southgate handed Loftus-Cheek his first England cap last week and he was made man of the match in a goalless draw with Germany at Wembley.

Chelsea signed France international Tiemoue Bakayoko in a £40m deal from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco in the summer.

The title holders brought in Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater in a £35m transfer on deadline day.

Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Redknapp felt Loftus-Cheek had little option but to leave the defending champions given the summer signings.

“It’s difficult because he probably wouldn’t get a chance with Chelsea,” Redknapp told Sky Sports. “They’ve signed Bakayoko, so the only chance he has really is if he goes on loan somewhere. I think the loan system is very good.”

Chelsea are in fourth place in the Premier League table and nine points behind current leaders Manchester City.

The Blues were 1-0 winners against title rivals Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in their last Premier League fixture.

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