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Newcastle Target May Stay At Chelsea For Next Season


Ruben Loftus-Cheek played for England today in their 6-1 beating of Panama to qualify for the knockout rounds of the tournament.

Harry Kane got a hat-trick (two penalties) and John Stones got a brace with Jesse Lingard scoring with a tremendous shot in the first half.

It was 5-0 at the half and England were 6-0 up after 62 minutes but couldn’t keep a clean sheet as Baloy got a consolation goal for Panama with 12 minutes to play.

That leaves Belgium and England with identical records in Group G so not sure who wins if we draw with Belgium on Thursday.

Loftus-Cheek had another good game and it may be that Chelsea keep him at Stamford Bridge for next season.

Loftus-Cheek talks to England manager Gareth Southgate during Tunisia game

But it could still be difficult for him to get a lot of playing times especially if Chelsea bring in a lot of new players this summer.

That seems likely if former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri takes the Chelsea manager job which is now almost certain.

Loftus Cheek was on loan at Crystal Palace last season and manager Roy Hodgson would love to have him back again for next season but thinks he may be good enough to stay at Chelsea.

This is what Hodgson has said in the Mail about the 22-year-old England midfielder:

“If they decide to loan him out again we will be first in line with the begging bowl.

“But right now there is no intimation that they are thinking of doing that. We’ve made it clear to them and to Ruben that we would love to work with him again.

“It will be a long shot I fear because I think he’s so good, and I think he may show that in this World Cup. He will go back to Chelsea and they will be very happy with what they have got.”

“If they decide to loan him out again we will be first in line with the begging bowl.

“But right now there is no intimation that they are thinking of doing that. We’ve made it clear to them and to Ruben that we would love to work with him again.

“It will be a long shot I fear because I think he’s so good, and I think he may show that in this World Cup. He will go back to Chelsea and they will be very happy with what they have got.”

Rafa has wanted the young playmaker at Newcastle for 18 months now so we’ll have to wait to see if he can be successful in getting him at St. James’ Park for next season.

But it will be tough for Rafa to do that and a loan deal for Kenedy is top of the list of Chelsea players with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kasey Palmer next in line in the loan stakes.

What would be the best of both worlds is if we can sign Kenedy permanently and get Loftus-Cheek in on loan for the season with an option to buy next summer.

Now that would be really good – but unlikely to happen.

🙁

Comments welcome.


142 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 25, 2018 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #121

    The game was hugely enjoyable and i for one don’t care who it was against. Why the cynicism from people? Let’s save the doom and gloom and predictions of defeat for when they happen and enjoy this result for what it was, an excellent demonstration of how to put away a team which we should beat and do it with style and panache.

    Yes we’ll face sterner tests but in terms of the games so far it’s job done.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 25, 2018 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #122

    Also lets hope we have something other than England to talk about I the next couple of days

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 25, 2018 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #123

    and did any of our players manage to take any of theirs on? sterling should have been showboating against them instead he looked a bit average. did loftus-cheek really play? i think he ran past someone near the start and that was about it. lingard looks our best player which has surprised me a bit.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 25, 2018 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #124

    my gripe is that we just keep producing the same sort of dull players and unless it changes we’ll still keep having the same dull team. hopefully these young kids who are winning world cups are different but i suspect they’re dominating because of physcial reasons and not footballing reasons.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 25, 2018 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #125

    The biggest surprise to me is how effective Trippier has been. Phenomenal use of a dead ball. Definitely an upgrade on Kane ‘s corners.

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  • martoon

    Jun 25, 2018 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #126

    There is an old saying “You can only beat what is in front of you” and we did comprehensively. If we had struggled to a 1 – 0 win I could understand the cynicism but we played well. Saying that I do share Bobby’s concerns about our defense – Stones & Maguire against a better attack but we’ll see on Thursday.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 25, 2018 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #127

    Well it’s all good fun while it lasts and I’m sure England will bravely drop out in the knockout stage as per. But it’s a good run out for a young team and a decent test. What hopefully will be different this time is that the stupid greedy press won’t do their usual build up the team beyond its capabilities then rip them to shreds when they inevitably fail, all in the quest to sell more papers. The English press has always been a horrible animal, the mother that eats its own cubs.

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  • Jib

    Jun 25, 2018 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #128

    Clubs across Europe
    nay
    the World
    must be licking their lips in anticipation
    of the thick end of £2Billion entering the
    transfer market after 1st July from PL clubs.

    I hope the market doesn’t get too crazy

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 25, 2018 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #129

    Yet to be convinced about Maguire he looks very ordinary with the ball at his feet. There mustn’t be much choice.

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  • c-dog

    Jun 25, 2018 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #130

    The like of Trippier and Jesé have the ability to maintain it against any opposition. I just hope they have the nerve.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 25, 2018 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #131

    If Mitrovic scores against Brazil his value will rocket ha ha.

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  • c-dog

    Jun 25, 2018 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #132

    Mitrovic is a very good player ability wise. Mentally I don’t know but he seems to be improving.

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  • Jib

    Jun 25, 2018 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #133

    I have to agree with HITC
    the acquisition of Townsend, Kenedy and King
    would give us a hell of a dynamic attack.

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  • Jib

    Jun 25, 2018 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #134

    Starters in our last match 2017/18

    Dubravka
    Yedlin Lascelles Lejeune Dummett
    Ritchie Diame Shelvey Murphy
    Perez Gayle

    Starters in our first match 2108/19

    Dubravka
    Yedlin Lascelles Lejeune Dummett
    Townsend Diame Shelvey Kenedy
    Perez King

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  • Jib

    Jun 25, 2018 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #135

    2018 even

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 25, 2018 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #136

    Tsunki
    Mitro to score agains Brazil ?
    Nuts to that

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 25, 2018 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #137

    Jib@134
    Now that would be something.
    But keep Ritchie as well.
    Can Charners deliver I wonder ?

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  • Jib

    Jun 25, 2018 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #138

    Loch
    The South coast press are saying Ritchie wants a
    return – he would probably be part of an exchange
    for Josh King.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 25, 2018 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #139

    I can’t begrudge Ritchie the chance to move home. He came to us when we needed reinforcements, he’s never given less than his whole effort for the shirt and he’s scored and created some incredibly important goals.

    If we can engineer some kind of advance to the team by allowing him to go home, that would be a great result and he would leave here with my gratitude and respect.

    That said, I’d rather keep him as a squad player, but I don’t think he would be happy with that.

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  • Jib

    Jun 25, 2018 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #140

    Merino is back in Spain after holidaying in
    New York – He wants a resolution to his
    desire to return to Spain before pre-season
    starts at Benton July 2.
    His choice is down to between Betis or Real Sociedad

    https://www.mundodeportivo.com/futbol/real-sociedad/20180625/45379391400/la-semana-de-mikel-merino.html

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  • toonincheek

    Jun 25, 2018 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #141

    All very well giving Rafa full control over transfers
    (if he has) BUT with Others in charge of transfer
    fees, with potential players in being valued low and
    players out being valued high, it ain’t gonna work.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 25, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #142

    I know everyone is raving about Mitro but in a way the game against Switzerland which Serbia lost, kind of showed me exactly why Mitro isn’t Rafa’s main man. Serbia started off at a gallop and looked great for 20 mins but gradually they became so one dimensional and started hitting more and more longer, aerial stuff while the Swiss started to get the ball down and really play. Mitro is great in an Iceland, Sweden, Serbian type team but if you are a pass and move team then not so much.

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