LOFTUS-CHEEK: I WANT TO BE THE NEXT LAMPARD AT CHELSEA

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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is having his best ever season at Chelsea since breaking through the academy.

The England international is a versatile midfielder who can play anywhere across the midfield, and is known for his physicality and technical ability. He’s good on the ball, has power and can pick a pass.

However, the Chelsea academy graduate believes he can become a box-to-box midfielder for Chelsea and England in the mould of Frank Lampard.

The 23-year-old told FourFourTwo: “I’ve always considered myself to be a No.8 in midfield, but I can play in other positions.

“It’s good that I’m so versatile because I just love to play football and don’t mind where.

“Long term, though, I see myself as a box-to-box midfielder.”

The 23-year-old is enjoying his best season at Chelsea in terms of playing opportunities, and the Europa League is where he has seen the most games.

Loftus-Cheek revealed that he will want to win the Europa League as he said: “The Europa League is certainly where I’ve got my opportunities since the start of the season.

“It’s a good competition – European football is a test and something we want to do well in.

“I’ve got more chances to play in the Premier League off the back of it as well. We want to go all the way and lift the trophy in May.”

Speaking more about the Europa league, Loftus-Cheek added when quizzed on the difference between the Europa League and the Premier League: “To be honest, it’s not too different – it’s still a high level of football and playing under the lights at Stamford Bridge is always a great feeling.

“The one thing I’d say about playing in the Europa League is you have to be mentally strong.

“Travelling to grounds with hostile atmospheres and trying to win, grinding it out on pitches which may not be the best, is tough, so you have to be switched on.”

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