Ruben Loftus-Cheek joined Crystal Palace on a season-long loan deal during the summer and the 21-year-old midfielder has been a standout player for Crystal Palace.
Loftus-Cheek has since been rewarded by England boss Gareth Southgate, being called up to the squad for the Germany and Brazil friendlies.
Loftus-Cheek has revealed joining Crystal Palace on loan was the right decision as he was being held back at Chelsea.
“I think in the last two or three years I’ve had to be patient,” Loftus-Cheek told the Croydon Advertiser.
“It was tough, mentally, at Chelsea not getting game time, but I had to be really patient and have the mentality to still train right and do all the right things.
“A lack of games held me back, definitely.
“When I had a chance, and when you don’t play, you really feel the difference of what matches give you; the match sharpness, the fitness, the strength.
“It’s what you need to progress, so it was hard not playing when I was trying to be the best player on the pitch.”