Why Ruben Loftus-Cheek decided to leave Chelsea

An insight into Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea exit has been provided.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek left the Blues permanently after almost two decades at the club, joining Italian giants AC Milan in a deal worth an initial £14million with a further £3m potentially due in add-ons.

The midfielder joins former Chelsea stopper Fikayo Tomori at the Italian side as he looks to revitalise his career.

The Englishman showed promise as a youngster and whilst on loan with Crystal Palace, but he never really found his feet at Chelsea.

Now, he has revealed why and when he decided to leave the west Londoners:

“I was looking for something new. I had been at Chelsea a long tim and it seemed like a good moment to move on. I wasn’t necessarily looking abroad but assessing options. AC Milan are huge and it’s not something I would turn down, playing for a huge club and to learn a language. It made sense to me.

“At the start of the season I didn’t know [what I was going to do], but towards the end I started to feel as though I was ready for something new. I had been at the club for a while. I love the club and the fans but I wasn’t feeling content with the amount I was playing and the positions I was playing. I felt I had more to give. I wasn’t getting the opportunity to do that.

“I feel ready and I feel good physically. I am playing some really good football. I felt it was a good time to move on.”

Loftus-Cheek made 25 Premier League appearances in 2022/23 but lasted completed 90 minutes in the division back in October of 2022.

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