Ruben Loftus-Cheek sends Chelsea FC message to Maurizio Sarri

Ruben Loftus-Cheek says he will keep fighting for his spot in the Chelsea FC starting line-up

Maurizio Sarri
Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri (Photo: The Sport Review)

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has insisted that he will keep fighting for his place in the Chelsea FC team this season under Maurizio Sarri.

The England international has found his first-team opportunities to be limited this term under Sarri following the Italian’s appointment at Stamford Bridge.

Indeed, Lofus-Cheek has only started one Premier League game so far this season as he has struggled to break into the first team at the west London club.

The 23-year-old’s bid for a starting spot has not been helped by the fact that he has also been struggling with a back injury in recent weeks.

However, Loftus-Cheek has now declared that he is confident that he will get his chance if he continues to work hard behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking in an interview with Chelsea FC’s website before Sunday’s trip to Fulham, Loftus-Cheek said: “I was doing really well and I got injuries, so that doesn’t help, but if I can keep fit and be patient and keep working hard, improving as a player, then I believe that at some point I’ll get my opportunity.

“I feel close, especially getting opportunities coming on off the bench most games, so in those opportunities I need to do my best to help the team win, whether it be holding the lead or trying to get a goal. If I do well in those opportunities then hopefully the starts may come.

“Just trying to keep fit, especially with my back, has been really frustrating for me, but working with the physios and the medical team, I think we’re getting close to nailing that down and keeping my back feeling good.”

The midfielder will be hoping to feature for Chelsea FC when they return to Europa League action on Thursday night with a home clash against Dynamo Kiev in the last 16.

Loftus-Cheek has scored three goals in six Europa League appearances for Sarri’s side so far this term, and he has also netted three times in the Premier League.

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