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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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Loftus-Cheek targets Chelsea starting spot

Loftus-Cheek scored Chelsea's second goal of the game against Fulham. Credit: PA

Ruben Loftus-Cheek hopes to continue to make an impression on Maurizio Sarri and force his way into the head coach's first-choice Chelsea team.

Loftus-Cheek came off the substitutes' bench to score in Sunday's 2-0 win over Fulham, his second goal providing a valuable cushion as Sarri later lamented the failure to kill off their opponents.

It was Loftus-Cheek's first Premier League appearance since October's win at Burnley and afterwards Sarri said the England midfielder "solved me problems".

"When I get time to play I am always doing my best," Loftus-Cheek said on chelseafc.com.

"This season it looked like I am getting time in the Europa League and I had to be ready for that.

"And if I do well in the Europa League then maybe I will get more minutes in the Premier League, like this game, and I will try to do my best.

"The more I play the better I feel and the better I play. Days like this I get my time to play and try to take it, whether that is a goal or an assist or making blocks.

"I have to do things both defensively and offensively."

Chelsea lost for the first time this season, ending an 18-match unbeaten competitive run, at Tottenham and responded with last Thursday's 4-0 Europa League win over PAOK.

Next for the Blues is Wednesday's Premier League clash at Wolves before Saturday's visit of leaders Manchester City to Stamford Bridge.

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Loftus-Cheek set to make first Chelsea start of the season

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his first Chelsea start of the season in Thursday's Europa League Credit: PA

Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his first Chelsea start of the season in Thursday's Europa League Group L clash with Hungarian champions Vidi.

Loftus-Cheek has overcome a shin problem, while winger Pedro (shoulder) and defender Antonio Rudiger (groin) are fit again.

Head coach Maurizio Sarri is expected to make changes, with the likes of Gary Cahill, Andreas Christensen, Emerson Palmieri, Alvaro Morata and Cesc Fabregas likely to feature at some point.

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