LONDON (AFP) – Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek signed a five-year contract extension with the Premier League club last Saturday.
The 23-year-old made a strong impression during his first season as a regular in the Chelsea team last term and new Blues boss Frank Lampard is expected to make him a key part of his plans.
“I’m really happy and pleased that I get to stay here for another five years,” Loftus-Cheek told Chelsea’s website.
“It’s the place where I’ve grown up playing and hopefully I’ll be playing here for a lot longer.”
Loftus-Cheek joined Chelsea as an under-eight and progressed through the youth ranks to the first team, so far making 72 appearances.
A loan spell at Crystal Palace gave the midfielder valuable top-level experience and coincided with his first full England call-up against Germany in November 2017.
With Chelsea currently operating under a transfer ban for the next two windows, keeping promising players like Loftus-Cheek is essential to their hopes of competing for a top-four finish in the Premier League.
“When I look back and see how the hard work has paid off, it’s a good feeling. That only makes me want to work harder to achieve more in the future,” Loftus-Cheek added.
“I hope to win a lot more trophies with the team and personally it’s just about trying to do as well as I can and work hard to be a key player for Chelsea.”
Chelsea Director Marina Granovskaia added, “We see Ruben as an important part of the squad for many years to come and we are very pleased he also considers his future to be with Chelsea.”