Maurizio Sarri confirms Ruben Loftus-Cheek is staying

by Steven Clarke August 25, 2018, 1:38
Maurizio Sarri confirms Ruben Loftus-Cheek is staying

Relations between De Laurentiis and Sarri soured during the prolonged negotiations that eventually brought the latter to Chelsea, with the Napoli chairman demanding compensation from the Blues to release the coach despite having already appointed Carlo Ancelotti as his successor.

The same story says that Loftus-Cheek's future at Stamford Bridge remains a source of uncertainty and that he could still go out on loan overseas before the European transfer window closes next week.

Kovacic's inclusion in the Chelsea matchday squad against Arsenal came at the expense of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, prompting fresh speculation that the academy graduate could leave Stamford Bridge on loan in search of more regular first-team opportunities this month.

"I made a decision to put two wingers and only one midfielder on the bench [against Arsenal]", Sarri said in explanation of Loftus-Cheek's absence.

The former Juventus and Real Madrid striker has started both of our Premier League games this season and the goal against the Gunners should give him the confidence boost he needs.

"I don't know", he said when asked if Abraham will stay.

"I am the coach of a very good team".

The Chelsea boss also addressed Eden Hazard's desire to make his first start in the Premier League this season and admitted he is considering playing the winger from the get go at St James' Park.

"I am happy with him if he wants to play".

England midfielder Loftus-Cheek was left out of the squad against Arsenal last weekend, but Sarri will keep him at Stamford Bridge at least until the next transfer window opens. It's up to him [whether or not he is happy to stay], I think.

Not only have we won our opening two Premier League fixtures, but it's clear to see that the player's understanding of Sarri's ideology is building. "I think Loftus will remain with us, we can speak again about his situation, but I think only in December". "I tried five years ago, but it's not my way".

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