England midfielder sends transfer warning to Chelsea FC

Ruben Loftus-Cheek delivers the latest update on his future at Chelsea FC

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek has admitted that he may have to seek a move away from Chelsea FC to guarantee regular playing time next season.

The midfielder spent last season on loan to Crystal Palace and his solid form for the Eagles helped to earn him a place in the England World Cup squad this summer in Russia.

Loftus-Cheek came on as a substitute for the final 10 minutes of England’s 2-1 win over Tunisia in their World Cup opener on Monday as he helped the Three Lions to claim the three points.

The 22-year-old’s future looks set to be a source of uncertainty this summer, with the midfielder likely to want to seek a move away from Stamford Bridge if he is not guaranteed a regular starting spot next term.

And the midfielder has confirmed that he will be looking to secure a move that guarantees regular first-team football in the coming seasons.

Speaking at a news conference while on international duty in Russia, Loftus-Cheek said: “That’s the key for me next season, regarding where I end up. I want to play. I want to play as much as I can.

“Even this past season just gone, I didn’t play as much as I would have liked to because of the injuries and stuff. So I still feel I need a proper season of playing, wherever it is.

“I’m confident in my ability that I can do well wherever it is. But I’m just not thinking about whether I’m going to play at Chelsea right now. I’m focused on the tournament.

“Ever since I was in the Chelsea academy, I’ve had that awareness that people were saying I would be the one to breakthrough since JT (John Terry). I believed I could but the opportunities didn’t quite come for me.

“It’s hard to keep training at your best, but I made sure I did for when the time comes for when I did get opportunities like Palace.

“But I do understand that Chelsea is a big club and there is pressure on managers to win games, trophies.

“So I understand they might not be willing to take a chance on someone at a bigger club.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea FC are believed to be on the lookout for a number of new signings this summer as the Blues look to try and build a squad capable of winning the title next season.

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