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Chelsea midfielder admits future at Stamford Bridge hangs in the balance

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has admitted his future at Stamford Bridge is still up in the air.

The 22-year-old spent last term on-loan with London rivals Crystal Palace after failing to establish himself in Antonio Conte’s first-team plans the year prior.

And after a successful season at Selhurst Park, Loftus-Cheek was called up for the World Cup by England manager Gareth Southgate – making the midfielder one of only two Chelsea players to travel to Russia, the other being defender Gary Cahill.

Loftus-Cheek will return to Chelsea after the tournament, however whether he has forced his way into Conte’s plans remains to be seen, and the midfielder admits he remains unsure as to where he will be playing his football next term.

“It’s unfair to my team mates if I’m not fully focused on this so all the talk about my future will have to wait until after the World Cup,” said Loftus-Cheek speaking in The Sun.

“I’ve enjoyed Palace but I don’t know what happens from here as there are so many variables.

“Different things happening at Chelsea may affect my whereabouts next season.”

Crystal Palace are understood to be keen to take on Loftus-Cheek permanently next season, and his other potential suitors include Bournemouth and Everton – both whom were impressed with his performances for The Eagles last year.

The England star managed five assists and two goals in 25 games as Roy Hodgson’s side narrowly escaped relegation from the Premier League.

 

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