Hazard backs 'fantastic' Loftus-Cheek for Chelsea role

Ruben Loftus-Cheek can make an impact for Chelsea this season, according to impressed team-mate Eden Hazard.

Published : Aug 07, 2018 18:08 IST

Eden Hazard has talked up Ruben Loftus-Cheek's ability and declared him ready for regular first-team opportunities at Chelsea.

The England midfielder enjoyed a successful loan stint at Crystal Palace last season, making 24 appearances in the Premier League and winning a spot in Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad. Maurizio Sarri is now weighing up whether to grant the 22-year-old an extended chance to impress at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard, who went head-to-head with Loftus-Cheek in the third-place play-off in Russia, is clear on where his team-mate should spend the upcoming campaign.

"Ruben is a fantastic player," the Belgium star told the London Evening Standard . "He is still young, of course, but I think if we can have him in the team this season it's a plus for everyone. 

"I know his quality. He is young, he is powerful. The future will be top for him."

Loftus-Cheek made his Premier League debut for Chelsea in January 2015 and has appeared in 22 top-flight matches for the London club. He featured briefly off the bench in last week's International Champions Cup encounter against Arsenal.

Sign in to unlock all user benefits
  • Get notified on top games and events
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign up / manage to our newsletters with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early bird access to discounts & offers to our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide to our community guidelines for posting your comment