Chelsea manager drops update on Ruben Loftus-Cheek's future
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has indicated that Ruben Loftus-Cheek won't be leaving the club on a temporary basis when the transfer window reopens.
The England international found himself out of contention during the opening months of the campaign and this led to suggestions that he could pursue a loan move elsewhere in the New Year.
However, from the start of October, he has at least managed to start regular in the Cup and European competitions and Sarri has now stressed that a winter loan is out of question.
"Ruben in October played four matches out of five. I think at the moment the situation is not for a loan of course. He has improved, but he needs to improve more from the tactical point of view," he said via The Mirror.
Despite this, Sarri once more said that the Englishman needs to improve on the defensive side of his game while hinting the midfielder may have to remain content with a bench role in the Premier League.
Loftus-Cheek has netted four goals from his previous three matches for Chelsea and this includes a sublime hat-trick in the Europa League triumph over BATE Borisov last month.