Frank Lampard has revealed that he considers Fulham loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek part of his long-term plans at Chelsea.
Regarded very highly in the Premier League, Loftus-Cheek was sent out on loan at the beginning of the season in order to get some game time, improve a little and hopefully make a n impression at Fulham
And since his move to Fulham, Loftus-Cheek has become a big part of the squad and has been earning alot of plaudits for his performances this season, but despite the rumours that he wants a permanent move away, Lampard has opened up on the talented star
“He played well [against Tottenham] and I was really pleased to see that because when Ruben was getting fit and was with us, I felt like we missed him last year. And when Ruben was getting fit, I was excited because I know the attributes he has and I wanted those attributes at the club,” Lampard told reporters through Zoom.
“The conversations I had with Ruben earlier in the season were that he wasn’t feeling as sharp as he wanted to be on the back of a really bad injury which he had (a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered in May 2019).
“Could he go and play games because he felt he needed games and maybe he could get regular games elsewhere.
“Seeing him play recently, I see him looking fit, fresh and strong. We know he’s an obvious talent so it’s great. If he can keep that up hopefully through the season and if he can get back to where he was and more then I’ll be very happy and he’ll come back as our player, for sure.”
There is no doubt that Loftus-Cheek is looking like a man that is once again enjoying his football, and it has been a shame that he has never really made an impact at the Bridge, but even though Lampard believes that he will be a big part of the side in the future, why would he want to go back just to sit on the bench again?