Ruben Loftus-Cheek to demand Chelsea exit in January to save England career

Loftus-Cheek has found himself out in the cold at Stamford Bridge just months after being one of the shining lights for the Three Lions at the World Cup.

The 22-year-old was desperate to prove himself good enough to be a first team regular at Chelsea, the club he had been at since a schoolboy.

But Loftus-Cheek's gamble to convince Maurizio Sarri he deserved a regular role has backfired and now he finds himself only on the fringes of the squad in West London.

That has seen his chances of becoming an integral player in Gareth Southgate's side take such a hit he was left out of the squad for the current international matches against Croatia and Spain.

Instead Southgate has called up promising youngsters James Maddison and Mason Mount ahead of him, leaving Loftus-Cheek in no doubt his Chelsea nightmare has to come to an end.

The Mail say he will tell the Blues he wants out when the transfer window opens in January – on loan at the very least.

There is still a hope in the player that he can somehow win over the Chelsea management and one day be a first team regular for them.

But having made a huge impression and then starring at Russia 2018, the fact he still cannot get a game is a clear message the time may have come to move on.

His season on loan at Crystal Palace last season proved hugely successful for both club and player, and was the catalyst for his dramatic burst into the World Cup squad.

Palace would love to take him back to Selhurst Park, but there is likely to be no shortage of other clubs who would be interested in snapping him up if he became available.

Everton have held an interest ever since Marco Silva took charge at Goodison Park, while London rivals Arsenal may also been keen.

A host of clubs across Europe would also be attracted to his talents, and the success of young English talent like Jadon Sancho in going abroad means that route is a possibility.

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