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Chelsea to send Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan next season — report

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Would be the first loan for RLC after a few seasons spent on the fringes of the first team.

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Chelsea starlet Ruben Loftus-Cheek has generally impressed in the few cameos he's gotten this season under Antonio Conte's guidance, mostly in our cup games, while playing as an attacker or in the midfield. Showing marked improvement from his performances last season, we are all eagerly anticipating what is next for the promising English prospect.

According to a report from the Daily Mail, Loftus-Cheek's next step will be his first loan move as he wants to get more first-team experience under his belt. Potential suitors include several Premier League clubs such as Stoke City and Championship side Brighton, which currently stand at 2nd place behind Newcastle in the battle for promotion to England's top level.

With Conte apparently a keen admirer of his play, Chelsea are looking to choose the best option for RLC's long-term future. A loan to a Premier League club could be most beneficial.

Although Chelsea will also have the Champions League to dispute next season, opportunities would likely remain few and far between for Loftus-Cheek even if Chelsea were to not make too many new signings. But in a proper loan set-up, there is a high chance for the 21-year-old to flourish and take several long strides towards becoming a key player in the future.