The academy graduate discusses his respect for Sarri and finally becoming an integral part of the first-team squad
For us Chelsea fans and most importantly for the player himself, Ruben Loftus-Cheek has finally been given a genuine chance to ‘make it’ at Stamford Bridge.
The 23-year-old discussed to Chelsea Magazine about his desire to make his mark at his boyhood club after coming through the Chelsea Academy.
Most notably, Ruben talks about how Maurizio Sarri set him challenges last summer to prove he deserved to be part of the Chelsea midfield, and how he worked hard on the training pitch to convince our head coach and earn his chances to impress this season.
And with those challenges set by our current Head Coach, you could say that Loftus-Cheek took that chance with both hands…
“He told me I needed to improve on my positioning and develop my defensive awareness if I wanted to play in midfield for him.
But I worked hard on the things he had talked to me about and I think I’ve improved a lot on that aspect of my game, and he seemed to see the improvement and I think he sees me as a midfielder now too.”– Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Having progressed from the Academy and becoming a ‘graduate’ of the system when he made his first-team debut back in 2014 (against Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League), Sarri is the latest Chelsea manager to help with Loftus-Cheek’s development into becoming one of the Premier League’s most promising (and soon to be) most complete midfielders.
And arguably the first manager to finally trust Loftus-Cheek too.
“I completely respect the honesty of that and it gave me something to work towards. I’ve improved off the back of it and now I’m playing in midfield, so he’s an honest guy.”– Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Here’s hoping that the long-standing back issues are coming to an end and that Ruben goes on to have a good remainder of this season.
Come the start of the 2019-2020 season, expect big things from the number 12.