We didn’t think Newcastle had much chance of signing 20 year-old Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan next month, but there’s an upbeat report in the Sun this morning that Newcastle are in fact leading the chase to sign the highly regarded youngster.
The report is that more than 10 clubs have enquired about the 20 year-old but one strike against Newcastle is that Chelsea’s Italian manager Antonio Conte would like his player to play Premier League football for the rest of the season.
However, on the positive side Rafa does have contacts with Chelsea, having been their interim manager for six months from December, 2012 and he won the Europa League for the London club that season.
The first time ever for the Blues and just one year after they had won the Champions League for the first time with caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo, who Rafa replaced.
20 year-old Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek
The news is that Newcastle have put their loan bid in for the talented Chelsea youngster and are yet to hear back from Antonio Conte, who (unfortunately) is said to be in no hurry to make a decision.
Of course with Jonjo Shelvey out for another four games, if we are to sign Loftus-Cheek on loan the earlier we can do that the better if would be for us.
Rafa must also have agreed to give Ruben significant playing time at Newcastle, since Conte obviously wants the lad to be playing regular football if he does go out on loam.
Rafa is one of the top coaches in the world and Ruben would no doubt benefit from working for five months with the Spanish manager and maybe Ruben.
Ruben could also be impressed with Newcastle – should he become available for transfer in the future.
At the moment that’s unlikely, but with Chelsea buying so many stars in the transfer market, it’s difficult for any of their youngsters to break through into the first team – very similar to the way things are at Arsenal.
Conte does rate the youngster very highly however.
This could end up the way it ended up for 20 year-old Everton left-back Brendan Galloway in August, when he was all set to join Newcastle on loan for the season, but opted for first team football in the Premier League at West Brom.
But he’s played very few games under Tony Pulis (four appearances in total), who has always prefered experienced and older defenders.
Maybe Rafa will try to bring Brendan to Newcastle next month on loan?
He’ll certainly play a lot more than he’s played at West Brom and under a much better manager too.
What do you think?