Ruben Loftus-Cheek is excited to start working with Frank Lampard after signing a new long-term deal at Chelsea.
Loftus-Cheek has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons last season as Maurizio Sarri has failed to give him the kind of Premier League game time that he needed and wanted, preferring to hand the England international most of his starts in the Europa league.
But with the club facing the prospect of not signing any players for the next two transfer windows, and the club looking to the younger generation, we stepped up the urge to get him signed up to a new deal and he eventually agreed a £150,000-a-week deal.
And he has admitted that he is now excited to work with Lampard, telling the Daily Express website: “I’m really looking forward to the new season with Frank as manager.
“I watched him a lot in my youth team days and now it’s a great opportunity for me to learn and grow under him. He obviously played in midfield like me and scored a lot of goals from that position, which is something I want to do as well.
“It’s exciting times for the club. I played with Jody a bit with the Under-21s [when Morris first returned to Chelsea at the end of his playing career] and they did so well last year at Derby. For them to combine their knowledge and experience with the youth coming through could be really interesting.
“I’ve been training with Joe since before I can remember really. He was my coach for a number of years in the Academy so it’s exciting that he’s moving up in the game and doing well. Everyone is progressing and if we keep that mentality to keep going forward then as a team we can achieve a lot.”
Meanwhile,Paul Merson has slammed the club for their decision to hand Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic a permanent move away from Real Madrid.
We were able to complete a deal for Kovacic as he was still registered to the club until the end of June following his loan spell, with the club having an option to sign him for £40 million.
And with the club unable to sign any players this summer, we had no other option but to hand the former Madrid midfielder a permanent move to London.
And now former Gunners star Merson has claimed that Kovacic would not have signed a deal if they were not in the midst of a transfer ban, telling the Sky Sports website. ‘Do you think (Matteo) Kovacic would have signed for Chelsea without there being a transfer embargo?’.
‘I don’t think he scored a goal and they’ve paid upwards of £40m. They’ve signed him because they need another body, surely?
‘It’s not all about this year, it’s a three-year contract, and as a Chelsea fan it feels like a good opportunity to steadily, steadily bring these players through. One at a time, not bringing a four or five and then suddenly Chelsea are a mid-table team.’