UNSETTLED Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been urged to stay at Chelsea and fight for his place – rather than seek a loan move away in January.
Dennis Wise, a Stamford Bridge season-ticket holder, has been impressed with the emergence of the 22-year-old over the past year, especially during England’s World Cup campaign.
4 Dennis Wise has questioned Ruben Loftus-Cheek's quit suggestion
Loftus-Cheek’s Prem opportunities under new boss Maurizio Sarri have been limited – his goal against Wolves midweek came on his first league start of the season.
There have been suggestions the 6ft 4ins combative midfielder would benefit from another loan spell just like he did last season at relegated-threatened Crystal Palace.
It is understood he will see how much of a role he plays over the Festive period before deciding whether to request a change in the New Year.
However Chelsea legend Wise, who made 445 appearances during an 11-year spell, believes RLC’’s career would accelerate further if he remains in west London beyond next season.
Getty4 Loftus-Cheek has played more at Chelsea than he deserves, says Wise
Wise, 51, said: “Loftus-Cheek, wherever he has come in, has done a job. He has added creativity and goals to his game.
“People talk about him going. Not for me. Loftus-Cheek has to stay. From a player’s point of view, where would you go?
“You could go to Palace again, who will fight down towards the bottom. But as a player you want to fight at the top first.
“He is only young. He is in the England squad, he is in Chelsea’s team, and has played more than he should have done.