8 May 2019

'No Reason For Me To Leave Chelsea'  (Sky Sports)

Ruben Loftus-CheekRuben Loftus-Cheek believes there is "no reason" for him to leave Chelsea and has hinted he could extend his contract at Stamford Bridge.

The 23-year-old has scored nine goals this term and is confident he can put a long-term back problem behind him to reach his full potential.

Loftus-Cheek has two years to run on his contract, but Chelsea are keen to tie the midfielder down to longer terms at Stamford Bridge.

"I'm not sure (over new contract), I let my agent deal with it. I'm not thinking about that right now.

"It's important for me to focus on the here and now, and I'm playing right now. It's looking good so there's no reason why I should think about leaving Chelsea."

When told he deserves a pay rise, Loftus-Cheek laughed and added: "There's no reason for me to leave. If I get a pay rise, that'll be great."

Loftus-Cheek could play a pivotal role in Chelsea's Europa League semi-final second leg against Eintracht Frankfurt at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, with the Blues securing a 1-1 draw in the first leg.

N'Golo Kante will miss out due to a hamstring issue, with the France World Cup-winner battling to be fit for the Europa League final in Baku on May 29.

Loftus-Cheek has suffered with a back injury, an issue which Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri admitted the midfielder could battle for the rest of his career.

"I've had back injuries, lower back spasms, since I was 16 or 17 up to now," said Loftus-Cheek.

"It's something I've had in the latter part of my career, and it's something I've had to deal with and manage with the physios. It's hindered me a lot.

"But over the years learning about my body with the physios, we've come up with a routine to keep it at bay. We're working a lot.

"I don't think it's something I'll have to suffer for the rest of my career. I'm feeling really good now, the best I've felt. I've not had a twinge in my back for weeks now. It's looking really good.

"Playing the most games I've played this season, playing every three days, it's something I've never done before.

"It's important I get the right rest so my back's OK. So I might not do a whole training session two days after a game. I might just do half of it. I taper it that way.

"It's a good feeling to be seen as an important player for the team, to help the team win games. I think it's something I've never felt in my career.

"I've always been on the bench. At Palace, I felt like an important player, that I could help the team win games and be one of the main men in the team.

"Hopefully with more games and experience, I can be that player for Chelsea, too."

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