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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has urged Ruben Loftus-Cheek to leave Chelsea if Maurizio Sarri doesn’t give him playing time.

The 22-year-old has played just 33 minutes in the Premier League this season but Sarri has promised that Loftus-Cheek will get more playing time once Chelsea’s fixture schedule becomes more congested.

‘Obviously the players are not good enough [for these teams],” said Ferdinand on BT Sport.

“The young kids like [Phil] Foden, [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek and [Dominic] Solanke who are winning tournaments for England at youth level, if they’re good enough they’ll be playing.

“It’s such a lucrative game for these [club] managers and their jobs are on the edge every single game, and they want players who are going to win instantly.

“These players obviously aren’t being blooded properly.

“If I’m Ruben Loftus-Cheek I’m banging down the manager’s door and saying ‘are you going to play me or not?’

“‘I’ve got potential, I think I’m better than half these players you’re bringing in, if you aren’t going to play me, tell me and I’m going.’

“Don’t have me hanging about here getting stale. If you’re not playing in the team as a young kid you go stale mentally and physically.”

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