According to The Sun, Southampton is interested in loaning Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek. As per sources, the Saints were interested in Loftus-Cheek last summer before he signed a loan deal with Fulham.
Loftus-Cheek has been a frustrating signing for the now relegated West London club, having missed the majority of the season struggling to get back up to speed after an Achilles rupture. He has done nothing to say that he is deserving of a place in Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea team, but another Premier League loan transfer may be on the cards – another chance for him to show his worth.
Southampton, according to The Sun, is willing to grant him the chance to resume playing top-flight football in England.
According to the source, Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is a fan of Loftus-Cheek. With the Austrian believing, he will bring the midfielder back to his best self. As things stand, Loftus-Cheek will join the Chelsea team for pre-season. Allowing Tuchel to examine him in person, which he hasn’t done before.
Loftus-Cheek joined Chelsea when he was eight years old. He made an impression at the start of the 2011–12 season before suffering a hip injury, which he returned from by the end of the season to play in the 2012 FA Youth Cup final as a substitute.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel seemed to deliver Loftus-Cheek’s promise of a long-term future at Stamford Bridge. Only a few weeks ago, with a sparkling tribute. He also likened the ten-cap hero to Germany’s all-time great Michael Ballack.
According to RCL, Tuchel said: “When he was younger, I was a big fan of his. Michael Ballack came to mind when I saw him. There were rumors that he was planning to move to Germany. His abilities are well-known to us. I’m not sure why things didn’t turn out the way he wanted, but he’s doing well now. I can’t judge him based on what I’ve seen on TV or heard from anyone. I enjoy working with players and then sharing my thoughts.”
Ruben Loftus-Cheek transfer remains a mystery.