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Loftus-Cheek agrees new long-term Chelsea contract extension

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has agreed a contract extension with Chelsea that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until at least 2024 Credit: PA

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has agreed a contract extension with Chelsea that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until at least 2024, the Premier League club have announced.

The 23-year-old, who is currently recovering from an Achilles injury, made an impression in the first team during the final few months of Maurizio Sarri's reign.

Loftus-Cheek told Chelsea's official website: "I'm really happy and pleased that I get to stay here for another five years.

"It's the place where I've grown up playing and hopefully I'll be playing here for a lot longer."

Loftus-Cheek first joined the club as an under-eight and progressed through the youth ranks to the first team, for whom he has made 72 appearances.

An important loan spell at Crystal Palace gave the midfielder valuable top-level experience and coincided with his first full England call-up against Germany in November 2017.

He added: "At eight or nine years old, of course you never think you'll be here for so long because you just want to enjoy yourself and play with your friends.

"When I look back and see how the hard work has paid off, it's a good feeling. That only makes me want to work harder to achieve more in the future.

"I hope to win a lot more trophies with the team and personally it's just about trying to do as well as I can and work hard to be a key player for Chelsea."

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Roberto Martinez hails Real Madrid's signing of Eden Hazard as 'special'

Eden Hazard completed a deal worth up to £130 million last week Credit: PA

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez believes Eden Hazard is the "perfect fit" for Real Madrid.

The midfielder has joined the Spanish giants from Chelsea for a package that could reportedly end up as much as £130million.

He said: "He's in the best moment of his career, at the age of 28, winning titles in different leagues.

"He can build a new project wherever that is as he's one of the special signings of the summer.

"For Real Madrid, he's a phenomenal footballer to get. There couldn't be too many new chapters to his career so probably the only place he could go and win titles (is Madrid).

"I think it is the perfect fit. He's a player who's gone through clubs and can be treated as a hero. We're all looking forward to how that new chapter at Real Madrid starts."

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