According to Ruben Loftus-Cheek he would like to have made more appearances in his career. He can see the positives in his journey and wants to remain patient at Chelsea.
His last season was on loan at Crystal Palace. He made over 25 appearances and earned a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup.
He is back at Chelsea. At Chelsea, he has made just 34 appearances. The 22-year-old insists he has no issues with how his journey has panned out, despite “feeling old”.
Loftus-Cheek said: “Being 22 feels quite old, considering some of the boys were playing when they were 17 or 18. I’d like to have more appearances by now, but it’s just the way my journey has gone, and I just have to be patient with it. I can see it as a positive; I’m playing for England, playing well when I play, and that’s without too many appearances so it’s still raw in that sense.”
He added: “Being at Chelsea, it’s a top club with top players. When I’m training at 17 or 18 with the first team, it was really good for my education playing with these top players. I really enjoyed playing and training with them, I could feel myself getting better every day and improving, but it got to a point where training wasn’t enough and you need the exposure in the Premier League.
“That’s when I took the chance to go to Palace, and even when that happened, I thought I could’ve done it earlier. I started really enjoying my football, playing in the Premier League every week, and I felt the benefits.
“The benefit of last season at Palace [was first-team football]. I was fortunate enough to be fit for that period where it’s like a game every three days over Christmas, and I got my body used to being able to play, have a rest, then play on a Tuesday. That was massive for me and I coped with it well.”
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