An ecstatic Ruben Loftus-Cheek has set the target of winning more silverware with Chelsea after signing a new five-year contract.
After starring for England in the 2018 World Cup, Loftus-Cheek carried over his Russia form into last season to end his long-wait of breaking into the Chelsea first-team.
The 23-year-old, who is a product of the club’s youth academy, initially struggled to break into a midfield that contains the likes of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Ross Barkley.
But Loftus-Cheek eventually won over head coach Maurizio Sarri and played a key role in Chelsea’s route to a third-place Premier League finish, which guaranteed them Champions League football next season.
However, the England international’s breakthrough campaign ended on a low when he sustained an ankle injury in May. It caused him to miss the Blues’ Europa League final win over Arsenal in Baku and could rule him out for most of 2019.
Nonetheless, Loftus-Cheek’s brilliant progress over the past 12 months were enough to convince Chelsea to award him a new long-term deal.
“I’m really happy and pleased that I get to stay here for another five years,” Loftus-Cheek told the club’s website.
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“It’s the place where I’ve grown up playing and hopefully I’ll be playing here for a lot longer.
“At eight or nine years old, of course, you never think you’ll be here for so long because you just want to enjoy yourself and play with your friends.
‘When I look back and see how the hard work has paid off, it’s a good feeling. That only makes me want to work harder to achieve more in the future.
“I hope to win a lot more trophies with the team and personally it’s just about trying to do as well as I can and work hard to be a key player for Chelsea.”
Loftus-Cheek’s decision to stay put will come as an early boost for new manager Frank Lampard ahead of his debut campaign.
The 41-year-old will now likely focus on convincing Callum Hudson-Odoi to commit his own future to Stamford Bridge. The teenage winger has been the subject of four bids from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.