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Loftus-Cheek must learn Sarri methods to earn Chelsea chance

15 September 2018

Ruben Loftus-Cheek says the thought of leaving Chelsea has not crossed his mind, despite limited minutes under Sarri.

Palace still want Loftus-Cheek, and the midfielder added: "Possibly I could go back, but January is still far away".

Having played more minutes for his national team than his club so far this season, Loftus-Cheek will no doubt be thinking very seriously about his future. I still train well and do everything the right way in case I do play.

"I think they rate him highly at Chelsea, but why would he want to stay there and play a bit part?"

The England global is yet to start a match for the Blues this season, featuring twice as a substitute in the club's first four games of the new EPL campaign. "He is helping me and [assistant manager] Gianfranco Zola is helping me every day to learn it as quickly as possible and that is great for me".

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a doubt for the game with an injury, while Emerson and Davide Zappacosta are also unlikely to feature. For everybody here, I think. "He has won everything with the club, so it's up to him".

The Blues have won their first four league matches under their new Italian boss - but Loftus-Cheek is hopeful that the start of the Europa League and Carabao Cup over the next fortnight will afford him more of a chance to impress on the pitch.

"I think we definitely have that potential", he said when asked if this group is good enough to challenge for honours. 'I can see it as a positive; I'm playing for England, playing well when I play, and that's without too many appearances so it's still raw in that sense'.

"We have had talks in the past couple of weeks and he told me that I need to learn tactically, so my focus is learning his tactics and his ways".

However, he has revealed his gratitude for the experience of training alongside top players at a young age while at Chelsea. I was fortunate enough to be fit for that period where it's like a game every three days over Christmas, and I got my body used to being able to play, have a rest, then play on a Tuesday.

Nonetheless, Loftus-Cheek believes England are on the right track and will continue growing in stature as they adjust their game to playing a more possession-oriented style. There are still a lot of games to play and I just have to see what happens.

Loftus-Cheek must learn Sarri methods to earn Chelsea chance