FORMER CHELSEA STAR TELLS LOFTUS-CHEEK TO BE LIKE CHRISTENSEN

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been the talk of the week since his man-of-the-match display against Germany in what was his debut for the England senior team.

Chelsea great Pat Nevin has told the youngster to take a cue from Andreas Christensen who has gone on to impress on loan and come back a better player that’s more than able to fight for a place in the Chelsea first team.

Nevin told Chelsea’s official website: “Ruben for his part still has to muscle his way past Cesc Fabregas, N’Golo Kante, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater when he comes back to Stamford Bridge, and this will be no easy task.

“If however he continues to impress for England and is clearly the best of the bunch at Crystal Palace for the rest of the season, I am convinced he will get a chance.

Nevin, speaking to Chelsea’s official website, said: “Ruben for his part still has to muscle his way past Cesc Fabregas, N’Golo Kante, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater when he comes back to Stamford Bridge, and this will be no easy task.

“If however he continues to impress for England and is clearly the best of the bunch at Crystal Palace for the rest of the season, I am convinced he will get a chance.

“He played some first team football here, but he earned his stripes as well as made his mistakes playing with Borussia Moenchengladbach.

“They were playing not only in the Bundesliga but also the Champions League and when he won that club’s Player of the Year, it was clear he had shown he was good enough to be part of the Chelsea squad.

“I very specifically say squad here, because look what he still had to do to get into the team; he had to oust either Cesar Azpilicueta, a top Spanish international, Gary Cahill, England’s centre-back, David Luiz who has over 50 caps for Brazil or of course, Antonio Rudiger who has over 20 caps for Germany.

“Andreas has done all that and managed to get himself into the team, but now he has to play to a monumental standard every week to stay there.”

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VICTOR N
Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.