Newcastle have been interested in 22-year-old Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek for more than 18 months now, and Rafa Benitez rates the midfielder.
The Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle are continuing to monitor his position at Chelsea and we could even go after a season-long loan move for him.
But that will have to be after the World Cup with the Chelsea player part of England’s World Cup squad in Russia.
Loftus-Cheek was on loan at Crystal Palace last season, and he did well at the London club, and Chelsea will need to decide fairly soon what the long-term future holds for the player at the Blues.
22-year-old Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek
This is what Loftus-Cheek has said about his career in the short-term:
“I’m not thinking about going on loan again too much right now. I’m trying to focus on this summer and what’s to come.”
“This tournament is too big to be overlooking and not giving my full focus.”
“Right now my mind is on that.” “But I have to go back to Chelsea for pre-season anyway, that is where I will be after the World Cup.”
“So I will decide when that time comes.” “I’m not too worried about the future.” “It will get sorted.”
“But I’m focused on training well now and looking to get as fit as possible for the World Cup.”
Ruben Loftus-Cheek could become a top player in the future but as usual, Newcastle don’t seem to have the money or the ambition to try to sign this player permanently.
That may not change until owner Mike Ashley puts the club up for sale and really wants to sell.
That’s not what he’s done three times now – put the club up for sale with no real interest in selling.
Or so it seems.
What do you think?