Maurizio Sarri opens up about Ruben Loftus-Cheek at Chelsea FC

Much speculation has surrounded the Chelsea midfielders’ chances of game-time this season, but Sarri has moved quickly to quell the rumours

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Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri Photo: The Sport Review

Chelsea FC boss Maurizio Sarri has dismissed suggestions that Ruben Loftus-Cheek will struggle for game time this season and insisted the England international will start playing a part as early as this month.

Sarri brought in Italian international midfielder Jorginho from Napoli for £51.3m as well as bringing in Croatian international midfielder Mateo Kovačić on loan from Real Madrid to join N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fàbregas, Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barcley in Chelsea’s midfield.

Many have written off Loftus-Cheek’s chances of game time under the new regime but Sarri has said otherwise.

He said at the Chelsea news conference on Friday: “I am very, very happy with him. In the last 10 days he has improved a lot. I am really very happy with him.

“He will be important for sure, starting in September when we will play every three days.

“I think Loftus will be very useful for us.”

Not only does he believe Loftus-Cheek will play a part, he also had some encouraging words for the long-term future of midfielder who played a part in England’s run to the semi-finals of the summer’s World Cup in Russia.

He said: “I think he can be a Premier League starter at Chelsea.

“It’s not easy to play here, there are 25 very good players so it’s not easy to play in the starting XI, but if he improves more he will be ready to play from the beginning.”

But Sarri insisted Loftus-Cheek is not there yet.

According to Sarri, Loftus-Cheek has the physical and technical attributes to play but has to work on the tactical side of the game which comes with hard work and attention to detail.

Sarri has both of these skills in reams so hopefully for England fans it shouldn’t be long until Loftus-Cheek is in less of a precarious position.

Sarri concluded: “He has to improve in order to play my football.

“He has great qualities from the physical and technical point of view, but he has to improve in the tactical point of view.”

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