Fulham have confirmed the signing of Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on a season-long loan.
The England international started Chelsea’s opening day victory over Brighton, but has not featured in the top flight since.
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Loftus-Cheek missed the majority of the 2019/20 season with a serious Achilles injury which sidelined him for nine months, meaning he was limited to just two Premier League starts.
The 24-year-old is highly rated at Stamford Bridge, with his move to Craven Cottage aimed at getting more flying minutes and improving his fitness.
Speaking to Fulham’s website, he said: “I’m really happy to be ‘next door’, if you will! I watched Fulham at the start of the season and they looked like they were playing decent football. playing. With this manager, I think I can get back to my best football. That’s the main thing for me, finding my form and helping this team win games.
Loftus-Cheek pockets £150,000-a-week with the Blues, and Chelsea are said to be subsidizing part of their pay packet to enable a move to Fulham.
The midfielder is one of 12 Chelsea players sent out on loan throughout Europe and up and down the English football pyramid during the 2020 transfer window.
Loftus-Cheek moves to Fulham with aim to get extra minutes / Marc Atkins/Getty Images
Tiemoue Bakayoko is the latest to leave Chelsea on a temporary basis, joining Napoli on a season-long loan on deadline day.
Ross Barkley and Michy Batshuayi are both out on loan from fellow Premier League sides, having joined Aston Villa and Crystal Palace earlier in the window.
This is Loftus-Cheek’s second career move, having spent the 2017/18 season at Crystal Palace. The Chelsea academy product impressed enough during his time at Selhurst Park that he forced his way into England’s senior team and was included in the Three Lions’ 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup.
A similar effect would be most welcome at Fulham, with the Cottagers currently languishing at the bottom of the Premier League table without a win or a point in the top flight all season.