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Ruben Loftus-Cheek came out of the Chelsea academy a highly rated youngster and was tipped by many to do great things in the Chelsea team in the near future.

After being unable to break into the Chelsea first team, the youngster was sent on loan to Crystal Palace last season to continue his development, and he impressed enough to earn a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad at Russia 2018.

And despite only playing 33 minutes of league football so far this season, Kante is confident Loftus-Cheek will prove his worth at Stamford Bridge.

“When I came to Chelsea Ruben was already here and for sure he is a good player,” the France international told Sky Sports.

“Now he’s in the England squad. He did well last season at Crystal Palace and I think he’s ready to play.

“He’s played some good games and now it’s the manager’s decision. We all have the chance to be at Chelsea and to play with some of the best players in the league.

“We can all learn from that, but he needs to keep working, to keep improving and I hope it will come at the right time.”

Loftus-Cheek has revealed that he might leave the club on loan in January if he still isn’t given enough opportunities.

“Possibly but it is still far away, there are still a lot of games to play and I just have to see what happens,” he said.

“Right now I am at Chelsea and my focus is at Chelsea and learning at Chelsea. That is in the future and we will deal with that when it comes.

“I’m not sure when I am going to play but there are a lot of games coming up so I think there will be more opportunities for players that are not playing every week.

“We have to be ready and do our best when we get the chance.”

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