Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has joined Fulham on a season-long loan deal which will keep him at Craven Cottage until 2021.
As Chelsea website explained, the deal will allow the midfielder the chance to play regular top-flight football as he continues to get back to his best following the serious Achilles injury he suffered in May 2019.
“He hasn’t played as many minutes for this club as he would have liked to have done for different reasons, but just before his injury he was playing really well and contributing,” Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said.
“He’s fit as a fiddle so he can play week in, week out and he needs to play coming off the back of a lot of work now. He would have been playing games earlier if it wasn’t for lockdown.”
The England international definitely needs games to get back to his best but Fulham know they have signed a world-class midfielder.
“I’m thrilled to announce the arrival of Ruben Loftus-Cheek to Fulham Football Club on loan from Chelsea FC,” Fulham owner, Tony Khan said.
“Ruben is a world-class player in the prime of his career, he has earned great experience in the Premier League, and we believe he will be so valuable to our club in our fight ahead of us. Come on Fulham!”
A good number of Premier Clubs were also interested in Ruben but Fulham beat off competitions to complete the signing.
However, many believed the London club agreed to pay a huge part of the midfielder’s £150k a week wages which baffles Sky Sports Pundit Harry Redknapp.
“They said a slight stumbling block for Fulham was his wages,” he said. “A slight stumbling block? £150,000-a-week!,” Redknapp said on Sky Sports.
“How many games has he played at Chelsea? It’s scary, no wonder the game’s in a state.
“I would think that Chelsea would want them to pay half of it.”
Loftus-Cheek rose from the Chelsea academy, made his Chelsea debut in December 2014 and scored his first senior goal in an FA Cup win over Scunthorpe the following season.