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Chelsea star slams club’s youth policy

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has slammed the lack of opportunities for youth players at Stamford Bridge. The 22-year-old is one of many talented youngsters to have worked his way through the Chelsea academy ranks, but has seen his first team opportunities limited to just 32 appearances since making his debut in 2014.

The England international has been one of the bright sparks at the World Cup for Gareth Southgate this summer, but has been heavily linked with a move away from the Blues due to him apparently not being part of their plans.

The midfielder spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace where he impressed enough to be called up to the England squad for the World Cup, but when asked about his experience of life at Stamford Bridge, Loftus-Cheek admitted it has been difficult to see where his future at the club lies.

“It’s been so difficult to go from playing every game then get to the seniors and not be given a chance,” he said.

“It’s really difficult mentally, there’s only so long you just enjoy training with top players.

“From a year ago, I’ve improved so much from playing. A game situation is completely different.

“It’s hard to compare the faith of Gareth Southgate and Roy Hodgson and my lack of chances at Chelsea because it’s such a big club – managers are under pressure and maybe don’t want to take a chance on a young player.

“I don’t understand what’s going on behind the scenes fully, but Chelsea’s a massive club and I understand why chances don’t come so often”.
[Quotes via Sky Sports]

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