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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has revealed it was Antonio Conte who urged him to go out on loan.
Since joining Chelsea at age seven, Loftus-Cheek has grown through the ranks at Stamford Bridge and was one of the few expected to break into the first team immediately.
However, he’s found it a bit difficult forcing his way into the first team and only made a handful of appearances for Chelsea last season.
He secured a loan move to Crystal Palace in the summer and has been impressive for them since the season began. Some are beginning to wonder how he didn’t manage to stay at Chelsea despite his obvious quality to play a part in Conte’s team.
Speaking to the Daily Star, Loftus Cheek has revealed it was Conte who advised him to go out on loan.
“Not at all. But I don’t think it’s right to because you never know how I’ll preform this season. So, right now I’m just literally focused on Palace.”
“He (Conte) said I need to play games. Chelsea is a big club and there’s a lot of pressure which I understand.”
“For me, I think it was the right time for me to go away from Chelsea right now and get my game time elsewhere.”
Chelsea fans rate Loftus-Cheek higly and will be desperate to see him return to play a key role at the club next season. It could be true that Conte has made no guarantees about his playing time next year but I don’t see any reason why he will not be part of the team in the future if he does well at Palace.