EPL rivals boss thinks Chelsea 22-year-old star must leave Blues in January

Former Crystal Palace and England manager Sam Allardyce has told Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek to leave Blues on a permanent deal in January, talkSPORT reports.

Many people expected this season to be a breakthrough for the youngster in the Blues side but after starting his first game for coach Maurizio Sarri in the Europa League last week, Ruben was criticised by the boss for his lack of tactical understanding and then left out of the Blues squad for their game against Southampton.

Ruben has also been dropped from Gareth Southgate’s England squad for their upcoming UEFA Nations League fixtures against Croatia and Spain due to his lack of game time.

Sam Allardyce has now called for the youngster to depart from Chelsea on a permanent basis in order to fulfil his potential.

“I’m disappointed for Loftus-Cheek. What he did for Crystal Palace last season and for England at the World Cup, I thought this would be a big season for him at Chelsea, but it’s simply not happening.”

“If I were Loftus-Cheek I would be battering the door down in January and saying, ‘that’s it, I need to get away’ and not on loan, get away from Chelsea properly and build his own career.”