Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
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Loftus-Cheek must learn Sarri methods to earn Chelsea chance

Loftus-Cheek must learn Sarri methods to earn Chelsea chance

Ruben Loftus-Cheek had to wait longer than most but a loan to Crystal Palace last season did him the world of good as he played regularly and featured prominently for England at the World Cup under Gareth Southgate.

Loftus-Cheek has proven that he is good enough to start for a Premier League side, which is why his inability to force his way into Maurizio Sarri's starting eleven puts his future as a Chelsea player under the spotlight.

The 22-year-old has not gotten the chance to start a game for the Blues this season.

The arrivals of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic at Stamford Bridge this summer have served to massively increase the competition for places in the middle of the park, with N'Golo Kante and Fabregas also vying for a regular spot. "It is just down to me working hard in training, I don't know whether I am going to play or not play but for me it stays the same, I still train well and do everything the right way in case I do play".

Loftus-Cheek, who has been at Chelsea since the age of eight, spent last season on loan at Palace and played 24 top-flight games.

"I'd like to have more appearances by now, but it's just the way my journey has gone, and I just have to be patient with it", Loftus-Cheek told Sky Sports. Right now I am at Chelsea and my focus is at Chelsea and learning at Chelsea.

The global opportunities, which have included three starts at the World Cup, come despite Loftus-Cheek's ongoing battle to win a starting berth for Chelsea. "January is in the future and we will deal with that when it comes".

He was somewhat less effective as England laboured to a 1-0 win against Switzerland this week.

"You couldn't really get a better teacher than Gianfranco I didn't watch him when I was a kid - I was too young - but you see clips of what he did for Chelsea, so to have him as an assistant is great for us players".

"A lot of my game is based on physicality and I obviously didn't feel my fittest against Switzerland but I will build on that".

"The manager and Gianfranco are helping me every day to learn the way he wants me to play as quickly as possible", he said.

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