Loftus-Cheek: 'I just have to be patient at Chelsea'

Loftus-Cheek Open To Palace Return

Ruben Loftus-Cheek scents Chelsea chance but Palace return still possible

"We are in this transition phase at the moment where we want to become one of the best teams in the world - up there with Spain, France and Germany". 'I can see it as a positive; I'm playing for England, playing well when I play, and that's without too many appearances so it's still raw in that sense'.

He is also expected to feature in England's friendly against Switzerland in Leicester tonight. "Do you say "Alright I'm going to leave" and then join a team if relegation candidates but at least play every week?"

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has refused to rule out the possibility of returning to Crystal Palace when the transfer window reopens in January.

There's no doubt that Loftus-Cheek will be heavily involved in Chelsea's Europa League campaign, as will the rest of the squad's fringe players. It is just down to me working hard in training.

"You know, it is the first start of the season and I will build on that, I'm a player where a lot of my game is based on physicality and I obviously didn't feel my fittest but I will build on that today".

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Indeed, asked if he is thinking of a move back to Palace in January, he replied: "Possibly, but it is still far away, there are still a lot of games to play and I just have to see what happens". I've spoken a lot with Sarri in the past couple of weeks and he's told me I need to learn tactically and his ways in training.

'I started really enjoying my football, playing in the Premier League every week, and I felt the benefits. "The quicker I get that then the more opportunities I will get to play".

"He is helping me and Gianfranco [Zola] is helping me every day to learn it as quickly as possible and that is great for me".

The young playmaker has revealed that while he expected to have more games under his belt at this stage of his career, he is still content to bide his time in pursuit of a place in the starting XI under Maurizio Sarri' stewardship at Chelsea FC.

Nonetheless, Loftus-Cheek believes England are on the right track and will continue growing in stature as they adjust their game to playing a more possession-oriented style.

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