The news this morning on talkSPORT is that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has changed his mind and doesn’t want his 20 year-old midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek leave the club on loan this month and instead he will try to give him games at Chelsea.
It may have been due to Loftus-Cheek’s performance on Sunday afternoon in the 4-1 win over Peterborough that changed Conte’s mind and he now wants him as part of the first team squad at Stamford Bridge.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – staying at Chelsea
Conte has also recalled another young star – Nathan Ake – from his loan spell at Bournemouth after the 21 year-old has been playing really well out on loan in the Premier League.
This is what Conte has told talkSPORT this morning:
“Ruben is an important player for Chelsea.” “He must know this.” “We trust a lot on him.” “For this reason it’s important to work a lot and to take satisfaction with our team.”
“No, No. Absolutely he’s not leaving. I don’t want this. For Ruben I don’t want this.”
“He knows this and the club knows this.” “I want him to stay because he’s ready to play for the first team.”
“If he shows me he wants to play, he knows that he plays.”
Those are encouraging words from Conte for his young star and good man-management.
The other central midfielders Newcastle have been interested in are Everton’s James McCarthy and Tom Cleverley along with Fabian Delph of Manchester City – all experienced Premier League players.
We were recently linked with Tom Cairney of Fulham, but there seems little chance of getting him from Craven Cottage with manager Slavisa Jokanovic adamant he is going nowhere this month.