English midfielder extends Chelsea stay until 2024

Chelsea have officially confirmed in the last hour that Ruben Loftus-Cheek has signed a new five-year contract with the club, keeping him at club until at least 2024.

The 23-year-old has committed his future to his boyhood club and his expected to now be earning £150k a week, more than double the £60k a week he was on before signing his new contract.

This is a huge boost for the England international, who is currently continuing his rehabilitation from a ruptured achilles tendon injury he suffered in the ‘Final Whistle on Hate’ charity match against New England Revolution back in May.

Upon signing his new deal, Loftus-Cheek is delighted to extend stay at Stamford Bridge for at least another five years.

“I’m really happy and pleased that I get to stay here for another five years. It’s the place where I’ve grown up playing and hopefully I’ll be playing here for a lot longer.

When I look back and see how the hard work has paid off, it’s a good feeling. 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.”

Ruben Loftus-Cheek signing his new long-term contract alongside Club Director Marina Granovskaia (Photo – Chelsea FC)

Club Director Marina Granovskaia was also happy to see Loftus-Cheek commit his long-term future at SW6.

“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. He is proof of the fantastic work being done in the Chelsea Academy and in recent seasons has developed into a first-team regular and an England international. Under Frank Lampard’s leadership, we believe he will be a key player for Chelsea and we look forward to welcoming him back once he has recovered from his injury.”

WRITER’S THOUGHTS

This feels like a brand new signing. Brilliant news. With Loftus-Cheek extending his stay at Chelsea for at least another five years, the club is starting to show signs of building a new era of the young players and the (eventual) youth that will come through.

And Ruben will be the focal point for that future.

Joining the club at just eight years old, seeing Ruben graduated from the academy system, break into the first-team and become a major player within the squad is everything a Chelsea fan would want to see in terms of seeing a ‘local’ kid make it.

Alongside the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ethan Ampadu et al, Chelsea finally youngsters breaking through and that we – the fans – can stop harping on about John Terry being the last youngster to do so.

In a momentum-building season for the Blues, Ruben started to show (& fulfil) the potential that we’ve all seen for many years now. And with a double-digit goal return season behind him, along with becoming a mainstay of the England national team… we cannot wait to see him return from his injury and give even more in a Chelsea shirt.

Loftus-Cheek contract… signed. Once the contracts of Hudson-Odoi, Reece James, etc are also sorted out – the ‘Homegrown era’ can truly begin.

Terry Sazio

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