“He can intimidate players and is unplayable” – Ferdinand compares Chelsea star to Man City legend Yaya Toure

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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has heaped praise on Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek following his performance against Malmo on Tuesday evening and has likened his play to that of Manchester City legend Yaya Toure.

Loftus-Cheek was handed his first Champions League start since 2015 on Tuesday evening as the Blues travelled to Sweden to face Malmo.

“I love him,” Ferdinand said of Loftus-Cheek while speaking to BT Sport. “I’ve always known about him from friends at Chelsea.

“He’s a fantastic specimen, first and foremost. I liken him, in full flow, to someone like Yaya Toure.

“He can intimidate players. When he turns and goes full pelt, it’s unplayable at times. As a centre back that’s one of your biggest fears.

“He’s a fantastic talent. He’s as comfortable in the wide areas of a front three as he is in front of the defence. You don’t get that with many players. The strings he has to his bow are beautiful.”

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