Ruben Loftus-Cheek makes admission about life at Chelsea FC

Ruben Loftus-Cheek opens up about his frustration at his lack of playing time at Chelsea FC

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek has hit out at Chelsea FC for the lack of chances given to himself and other young players at Stamford Bridge.

The England midfielder has struggled to hold down a starting spot at Stamford Bridge in recent years and was shipped out on loan to Crystal Palace last season.

The midfielder’s strong performances for the Eagles last term earned him a call-up to the England squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

The 22-year-old’s future has inevitably been a source of speculation in recent months due to his lack of playing time at Stamford Bridge.

And the England international has now spoken out about his frustration at the lack of first-team chances he has been afforded Stamford Bridge.

Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports News, Loftus-Cheek said: “It’s been so difficult to go from playing every game then get to the seniors and not be given a chance.

“It’s really difficult mentally, there’s only so long you just enjoy training with top players.

“From a year ago, I’ve improved so much from playing. A game situation is completely different.

“It’s hard to compare the faith of Gareth Southgate and Roy Hodgson and my lack of chances at Chelsea because it’s such a big club – managers are under pressure and maybe don’t want to take a chance on a young player.

“I don’t understand what’s going on behind the scenes fully, but Chelsea’s a massive club and I understand why chances don’t come so often.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea FC are believed to be on the lookout for a number of new signings this summer as they look to build a squad at least capable of breaking back into the top four next season.

The west London side finished in fifth place and without a trophy in Antonio Conte’s second campaign in charge at the club last season.

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