Chelsea have reportedly agreed a bumper new £150,000 per week five-year deal with English international Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
According to a report by Daily Telegraph, Chelsea appear set to tie Ruben Loftus-Cheek down to a bumper new deal. The English international has reportedly agreed a deal worth £150,000 per week that will see him commit his long-term future to the Premier League heavyweights.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has had to bide his time since breaking into the first-team setup at Chelsea in 2014. In fact, for a long time, it was thought that the 23-year-old had also fallen prey to the Blues’ infamous loaning system. But, the Englishman fought his way into the reckoning under Maurizio Sarri last season.
Over the course of the season, the player went on to make 40 appearances across all competitions for Chelsea, with a healthy return of 10 goals and five assists – only Eden Hazard, Olivier Giroud and Pedro scored more goals than him.
Having carved out a place for himself in Chelsea’s first-team setup, Loftus-Cheek also became a regular member of the English national squad, with the player amassing 10 outings under Gareth Southgate. And now, the young midfielder is set to continue being the shining example of the anomaly to the Chelsea loaning system.
The English international is set to commit his long-term future to the West Londoners, who have agreed a five-year deal worth £150,000 per week with the promising 23-year-old, according to the report. The Telegraph also adds that the announcement will likely be made this week, coinciding with the appointment of Frank Lampard as the new Chelsea manager.
The Chelsea legend is believed to be on the verge of returning to Stamford Bridge, this time in a managerial capacity. Speaking of Lampard, the report suggests that the soon-to-be appointed Blues boss is expected to make Loftus-Cheek one of his key players, once he recovers from a long-term Achilles injury that is likely to keep him out for the rest of the year.
In the grand scheme of things, Chelsea extending Loftus-Cheek’s stay at the club by handing him a bumper new £150,000-a-week contract ought to be seen as a step in the right direction, following the permanent capture of Mateo Kovacic. All that now remains is for the deal to be officially announced.