Ruben Loftus-Cheek keen to focus on World Cup


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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has admitted he is uncertain where his domestic future lies but insists he wants to focus on the World Cup first.

The 22-year-old is a product of Chelsea’s academy but has struggled to force his way into contention at Stamford Bridge.

After making just 22 appearances following his Blues debut in 2014 he was granted permission to link up with Crystal Palace on loan last term.

Loftus-Cheek was delighted to get the opportunity to further his development in the Premier League and he ended the campaign with 24 appearances under his belt.

The midfielder would likely have gained even more experience had injuries not played a big part in his 2017-18 campaign.

He missed three months of the season with an ankle problem but still managed to earn his England debut and subsequently a spot in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man World Cup squad.

With his chances likely to be limited back at Chelsea, who are priced at 6.00 to win the Premier League in 2018-19, Loftus-Cheek has been linked with a return to Palace, however, he insists he is not allowing that to play on his mind as he looks to put his full focus into England’s World Cup campaign.

Loftus-Cheek said: “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.

“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.”

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