‘I had no reason to leave’ – Loftus-Cheek reveals devotion to Chelsea
The midfielder is finally back from a long-lasting injury and is ready to show his worth at Stamford Bridge
Ruben Loftus-Cheek says he has always wanted to stay at Chelsea despite struggling to carve out a starting place in the first team over the past two seasons.
Injuries have contributed to Loftus Cheek’s struggles at Stamford Bridge as the England international only recently returned from a lengthy Achilles tendon injury.
The 24-year-old believes he is ready to come of age with the Blues and says the arrival of Frank Lampard was not the driving force behind his desire to stay in London.
“I don’t think of myself as a young player anymore,” said Loftus-Cheek The independent. “Frank came in [last July], but I always thought about signing for Chelsea before he arrived.
“Frank’s arrival didn’t change my opinion to stay even longer. I was happy at Chelsea and my plan was to stay here.”
Loftus-Cheek suffered Achilles’ injury in May 2019 and was ready to resume play as soon as the coronavirus break hit football.
Since football’s return, the midfielder has made seven appearances for Les Bleus, with the team struggling to finish in the Premier League top four and in the FA Cup semi-finals.
The midfielder says he is ready to sign a new contract with the Blues ahead of his injury – which was concluded in July 2019 – and he is committed to the club he joined at the age of seven in 2004 .
“I was injured at the time [of signing my new contract] – I came out of a good season with Chelsea when Sarri was here, “said Loftus-Cheek
“It was my most successful season. I played a lot more games and felt like a Chelsea player who had helped win this season.
“So being injured was a huge blow and to be honest I didn’t think I would be hurt that long. I didn’t think it would take me a year to come back.
“So that was on my mind when I signed my contract. But it obviously didn’t go like that. I am dedicated to Chelsea.
“I’ve been here since I was seven. After the season with Sarri, I had no reason to leave Chelsea.”