CHELSEA star Ruben Loftus-Cheek is wanted by as many as EIGHT clubs – including West Ham and Aston Villa, according to reports.
The 24-year-old midfielder has fallen way down Frank Lampard’s pecking order and is said to be considering his future.
Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea future is in doubt and he is wanted by eight clubs[/caption]
Dean Smith’s Villa side have shown a keen interest – and are also looking at Loftus-Cheek’s team-mate Ross Barkley.
But West Ham would give Loftus-Cheek an opportunity to stay in London.
The England international’s only other time away from Stamford Bridge came during a loan spell at Crystal Palace in the 2017-18 season.
It is not clear who the other teams are but it is clear Loftus-Cheek needs more playing time.
Lampard’s £200million-plus splurge on major talent this summer has ramped up competition for places in midfield.
The arrival of Kai Havertz – who scored his first hat-trick last night – plus Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner could lead to Loftus-Cheek and/or Barkley leaving.
Goal carry a report saying RLC is “frustrated” by Lampard’s buying, knowing the effect it is almost certain to have on him.
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Both Barkley and Loftus-Cheek want to push for a place in England boss Gareth Southgate’s squad for next year.
Loftus-Cheek is aiming to build on his comeback from an Achilles injury that saw him miss a year of football.
But to do that he needs more minutes on the pitch.
Loftus-Cheek did start Chelsea’s opening Premier League win over Brighton.
But he was substituted in the second half and it’s now more than 16 months since he completed 90 minutes.
By: Sam Morgan
Title: Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek wanted by EIGHT clubs including West Ham and Aston Villa after losing place in team
Sourced From: www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/12758383/chelsea-transfer-loftus-cheek-west-ham-villa/
Published Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2020 14:55:48 +0000