Fulham have confirmed the signing of Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on a season-long loan.
The England international began Chelsea’s opening day victory over Brighton, but has not featured within the top flight since.
Loftus-Cheek missed the bulk of the 2019/20 season with a critical achilles injury that kept him sidelined for 9 months, which means he was restricted to simply two begins within the Premier League.
The 24-year-old remains extremely rated at Stamford Bridge, with the move to Craven Cottage aimed toward him gaining more top flight minutes and bettering his health.
Speaking to Fulham’s web site, he said: “I’m really happy to come ‘next door,’ if you will! I watched Fulham at the start of the season and they looked like they’re playing decent football. With this manager, I think I can get back to my best football. That’s the main thing for me, to find my form and help this team win games.”
Loftus-Cheek pockets £150,000 per week with the Blues, and Chelsea are said to be subsidising a portion of his wage packet so as to allow the move to Fulham to go by means of.
The midfielder is one of 12 Chelsea players to have been sent out on loan throughout Europe and up and down the English football pyramid throughout the 2020 transfer window.
Tiemoue Bakayoko is probably the most recent to have departed Chelsea on a non permanent foundation, having joined Napoli on a season-long loan on deadline day.
Ross Barkley and Michy Batshuayi are both also out on loan at fellow Premier League sides, having joined Aston Villa and Crystal Palace earlier within the window.
The loan move is Loftus-Cheek’s second of his career, after he spent the 2017/18 season at Crystal Palace. The Chelsea academy product impressed so much throughout his time at Selhurst Park that he pressured his means into the England senior side and was named within the Three Lions’ 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup.
The same impression at Fulham could be most welcome, with the Cottagers presently marooned to the underside of the Premier League table with out a win or point within the top flight all season.