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Chelsea star asked to leave the club

Several Chelsea players have fallen out of favour under Maurizio Sarri while many else are on the radars of other European clubs. 

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been asked to leave Chelsea by former England boss Sam Allardyce. The 22 year old is a bright prospect with a lot of football ahead of him, but he has been suffering from a lack of playing time at the Stamford Bridge of late. As a result, Big Sam has asked him to such for newer pastures.

It looked like Loftus-Cheek would get back into Maurizio Sarri’s fray after having a superb season in 2017-18. He was loaned out to Crystal Palace and enjoyed a productive spell at the Selhurt Park under the watchful eyes of Roy Hodgson. During the year, he racked up 25 appearances across all competitions and also formed a part of the England squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Allardyce told talkSPORT: “I’m disappointed for Loftus-Cheek. Chelsea have told him he’s going to be a part of the team this season and, if that is the case, they haven’t lived up to that yet. What he did for Crystal Palace last season and for England at the World Cup, I thought this would be a big season for him at Chelsea, but it’s simply not happening.

“If I were Loftus-Cheek I would be battering the door down in January and saying, ‘that’s it, I need to get away’. And not on loan, get away from Chelsea properly and build his own career. He’s had the taste of playing first-team football at Palace and obviously he loves Chelsea, but it’s not happening for him there. He’s got to play. He’s too talented not to play, we’ve all seen that.” 

Author’s Take

Ruben has a contract at the Stamford Bridge till the summer of 2021 but it looks unlikely that he will run it down. A best move for him is to go out of west London and play in a team that will allow him to feature week in and week out. Moreover, if Chelsea are sceptical about selling him permanently, they can probably add a release clause in his contract.

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