The Sun is reporting that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is keen to bring 20 year-old England U21 central midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek (what a name) on loan for the rest of the season, with West Ham also said to b be interested in the player..
The 6ft 3ins tall Lewisham born player has only appeared 3 times for the Chelsea first team so far this season and needs some playing time to develop and he seems to be rated highly by his new manager at the Blues – Antonio Conte.
The youngster has played at all levels for the England Youth sides including 13 times for the England U21 side with 5 goals, but has been troubled with injuries this season.
20 year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek – available for loan deal?
This is what Antonio Conte has said this about the youngster:
“Ruben has great potential and it’s important for him to show it,”
“Now he is in our squad. This season he’s had a few injuries but now he is free.
“I’ll speak to the club and take the best decision for the player.”
And the Italian news outlet TuttoMercatoWeb reported last month that West Ham manager Slaven Bilic was keen on taking him on loan to the Hammers.
Ruben made his debut for Chelsea two years ago when Jose Mourinho was manager (in December 2014), when he replaced Cesc Fabregas for the final few minutes of a Champions League group match against Sporting Lisbon at Stamford Bridge.
But Rafa Benitez doesn’t do loan deals unless he can sign the player during or at the end of the loan deal.
And he isn’t usually in the business of making other team’s players better and then letting them return to their clubs at the end of their loan spells.
However, Ruben is the type of talented young player Rafa wants to bring to Newcastle, but it would need to be on a permanent basis or a loan deal with an option to buy.
The central midfielder is highly thought of at Chelsea, so we would be surprised if the reports are true that Newcastle are interested.
It is an area of the side that Newcastle need to strengthen either next month or in the summer – to bring in a creative and talented central midfielder.