Return to Crystal Palace a possibility, says Loftus-Cheek

England lost 2-1 to Spain in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday

England lost 2-1 to Spain in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday

Ruben Loftus-Cheek insists he is prepared to be patient as he waits for his chance to have an impact on the first team at Chelsea FC.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek insists he is focused exclusively on breaking into the Chelsea side after starting England's friendly victory over Switzerland.

While he made his first start in the new campaign for England in their 1-0 defeat of Switzerland, his appearances in a Blues shirt are limited to just two substitute outings into the new season.

The summer arrival of Mateo Kovacic on loan from Real Madrid, coupled with Ross Barkley's return to peak condition, means Loftus-Cheek faces stiff competition for a place in the starting XI. It is just down to me working hard in training.

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Loftus-Cheek is at the moment way down in the pecking order at the club, despite enjoying an impressive spell on loan at Crystal Palace past year which earned him a place in England's World Cup squad. But, when asked whether there was a chance of rejoining Palace, who have one loan spot vacant, Loftus-Cheek replied: "Possibly but it is still far away".

"I started really enjoying my football, playing in the Premier League every week, and I felt the benefits".

Unlike another England global, Danny Drinkwater, who has not been included in Chelsea's Europa League squad, Loftus-Cheek should be involved next Thursday when the club play at Paok Salonika. "That is in the future and we will deal with that when it comes". "The quicker I get that then the more opportunities I will get".

"A lot of my game is based on physicality and I obviously didn't feel my fittest against Switzerland but I will build on that". "The manager and Gianfranco are helping me every day to learn the way he wants me to play as quickly as possible", said the midfielder. We had a lot of talks in the past couple of weeks and he [Sarri] said to me that I need to learn tactically so a lot of my focus and effort is learning his tactics and his ways in training. 'I can see it as a positive; I'm playing for England, playing well when I play, and that's without too many appearances so it's still raw in that sense'.

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