Thomas Tuchel has compared Ruben Loftus-Cheek to German legend Michael Ballack. He admitted that his future at Chelsea has not been decided yet. Loftus-Cheek is on loan at Fulham at the moment from Chelsea. He has 10 England caps but has seen his game time reduced due to injuries.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has 82 appearances to his name for the Blues. He has scored 12 goals in his time at Stamford Bridge. He played a big part of the Chelsea team that won the 2019 Europa League. Loftus-Cheek scored in the semifinal against Frankfurt as well as a hat trick against BATE Borisov.
“It is not decided yet. I was quite a fan of him when he was younger.” Thomas Tuchel said about Ruben Loftus-Cheek. “He reminded me of Michael Ballack in his style of play, his movements. There were links with him moving to Germany. We are well aware of his talent.”
“No decision has been made [on his future] just yet.” he added. “I don’t know why things have not worked out as he wished but now he is doing good, leaving his footprints there [at Fulham] – I cannot judge him from TV and hearsay, I love to work with players then to give my opinion.”
Chelsea is unbeaten against Fulham in the last 18 games. They also face a huge second leg against Real Madrid at home on Wednesday. The tie is level at 1-1 but Chelsea scored a crucial away goal in the first leg. Pulisic scored the goal for Chelsea. .
“He took his [shirt] number, so he has to live with it!” Tuchel said when asked to compare Christian Pulisic and Eden Hazard. “I’m happy that he has arrived at the most decisive moment of the season in top shape and good confidence. He must feel comfortable in his body and calm in his mind.”