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    Chelsea inform midfielder he will play a ‘prominent first-team role’ next season

    Chelsea have informed Ruben Loftus-Cheek that he will not be sold this summer with plans for the midfielder to play a ‘prominent role’ next season, according to Graeme Bailey.

    The 22-year-old’s performances last season earned him a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad with England this summer.

    Loftus-Cheek played an impressive role in helping the Three Lions claim three points in their opener against Tunisia after appearing off the bench.

    Not for sale

    LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 05: Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Crystal Palace gets past Thino Kehrer of Schalke during a Pre Season Friendly between Crystal Palace and FC Schalke 04 at Selhurst Park on August 5, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

    The Chelsea midfielder has been dubbed one of the country’s most exciting young prospects for several years now and is finally beginning to make his mark on big stage.

    Having spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace, he impressed greatly under Roy Hodgson in the Premier League making 25 appearances for the South London club.

    His performances have seen him travel with England to Russia this month with the midfielder set to start the Three Lions’ second group stage game against Panama on Sunday.

    Loftus-Cheek has yet to be handed the opportunity to showcase his ability with the Blues seeing him linked with a permanent move away from Stamford Bridge.

    However, Chelsea are making moves to ensure they keep hold of their prised academy starlet by ensuring him that he will play a ‘prominent role’ next season.

    Huge interest

    Several Premier League clubs and clubs from abroad are chasing the player’s signature this summer, including the likes of West Ham United, Crystal Palace and Everton.

    Loftus Cheek speaking about his future admitted:

    “That’s the key for me next season regarding where I end up: I want to play.

    “I do understand Chelsea are a big club and there is always pressure on managers to win games and trophies. So I understand they might not be willing to take a chance on someone at a bigger club.

    “We’ll see what happens. I’m confident in my ability and that I can do well, wherever it is. But I’m not thinking about whether I’m going to play at Chelsea right now. I’m only focused on the tournament.”

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