Having signed on loan for Crystal Palace on a season-long loan, Ruben Loftus-Cheek admitted that the potential to play regularly in the Premier League was the main reason behind his switch from Chelsea.
The England under-21 midfielder has swapped Stamford Bridge for Selhurst Park for the duration of the 2017/18 campaign, and having been born in south London he is pleased to be playing for a team representing his background at the highest level of the British game.
“I had the option of coming to Palace and I thought that it would be great for me,” he said moments after signing. “I live not too far away, I was born in Lewisham and Palace is good club so I thought it’s a good chance to play here and be a part of the team. They have a very strong team and I’d like to be a part of that this season.
“I hope to play a lot more games and give everything I’ve got. I think we can do well in the league as well as the cup competitions, so I’ve got high hopes.”
Loftus-Cheek becomes Frank de Boer’s first signing as Eagles manager, and having spoken to the Dutchman before agreeing to move to SE25, he is relishing working with the new boss, adding: “He’s looking forward to working with me as I am with them. He wants to get to know me and see how I play, and hopefully we can have a good season together.”
Hotly tipped for a bright future, the 21-year-old adds versatility to the Eagles squad by being able to play in many positions despite his young age. Even though he was used by Chelsea as a striker last term, he is happy to play wherever De Boer wants him to, as long as it helps him achieve his seasonal aim of featuring as often as possible in the top-flight.
“I’ve played in a number of positions over the past couple of years but recently I’ve been playing as a number 10 for England and Chelsea, said Loftus-Cheek. “Last year I was also playing in a front three. In the academy I was playing as a defensive midfielder so I don’t mind playing wherever, as long as I’m playing.”