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Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek tells Thomas Tuchel he’s ready to ‘hit the ground running’

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is hoping to nail down a place in Thomas Tuchel’s team. (Getty)

Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek has told manager Thomas Tuchel that he’s ready to hit the ground running this season at Stamford Bridge. 

Following several injury setbacks, Loftus-Cheek was sent out to Fulham last season where he made 30 Premier League appearances, scoring one goal.

And now, after a full, injury-free pre-season back at his parent club, he’s ready to make an impact in the Chelsea first team. 

‘I had last season as a season where I can find my feet and it definitely felt like that at the start. I was struggling mentally and needed to focus on just taking risks in training and get that feel back,’ Loftus-Cheek told Chelsea FC.

‘But it eventually came and I was doing really well in games, so I’ve had my injury and I’ve had a season now to get fit and feel confident in my body and this season is where I hit the ground running,’ he added.

Loftus-Cheek will find it hard to overtake the likes of Jorginho, N’golo Kante and Mason Mount in Chelsea’s midfield pecking order, but could be used as a decent rotation option for the Blues. 

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Loftus-Cheek spent last season on loan at Fulham. (Getty)

‘I feel really fit now and strong, and hopefully the injuries stay away. Last season was my first full injury-free season which is a massive positive for me, because I always used to get niggles,’ Loftus-Cheek said.

‘Even though I was fit I’d be out for a week or a couple of days, miss a couple of matches, but last season was good for my body to be fit every training session and available for every game.’

‘My break was relaxed. I had a little bit longer than usual, so I enjoyed it with my family, just mentally and physically. I started doing a bit of training quite early because I felt like I had a lot of time, so that’s why I feel fit now and relaxed and mentally fresh and ready to go,’ he added.


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