Ruben Loftus-Cheek has revealed he had an honest conversation with Chelsea manager Frank Lampard before leaving Chelsea on loan for Fulham.

The 24-year-old who was returning from an Achilles injury he sustained in April last year struggled for regular playing time at Stamford suffering which led to a loan move to Fulham.

The midfielder said he felt it was paramount to play more games.

“We had an honest conversation. I was the one who initiated it,” he told The Sun.

“I felt like it was paramount that I played a lot of football this season. With the strength in depth at Chelsea and how I was feeling, I was not sure being out for so long that when I had the opportunity that I could play fantastically and hold down a place in the starting XI.

“I was not 100 per cent I could do that, because I need to build my confidence back up. That was basically the theme of the chat. The gaffer agreed on that and things went on from there.”

After starting his first game for Fulham last weekend, Loftus-Cheek will hope to retain his place in Fulham’s starting XI against his former club Crystal Palace where he spent a year on loan three years ago.