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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has surprisingly named former Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri as the manager who has had the most impact on his career.
It was Jose Mourinho who gave Loftus-Cheek his debut, but the academy product has also worked under Guy’s Hiddink, Antonio Conte and Frank Lampard, but it was under Sarri that Loftus-Cheek made his most progress.
Sarri didn’t initially feature him at the start of season, but by the second half of the season Loftus-Cheek had grown into one of the best players at the club before his ill-fated Achilles injury.
He eventually made 40 appearances and scored 10 goals and created 5 in Sarri’s only season at the club.
Asked to name the most influential manager he’s worked with during his career, Loftus-Cheek didn’t hesitate to mention Sarri.
He told Fulham’s matchday programme: “Sarri for sure
“I felt like he was truthful with me. At the start, I wasn’t playing. He told me why and said if I want to play, I have to do this and that gave me something to work towards and eventually I started to do what he asked and I played.
“That gave me confidence to know that if I keep doing that, I’ll keep playing. Then you start to get more understanding of the game.
“I played in an eight role, with one deep, so I had the licence to go forward and affect the game in that way.
“I felt that was a good season and in my head after that season I was like ‘we kick on next season’, but obviously got the bad injury which halted my progression, but now it’s time to build up again.”