Ruben Loftus-Cheek: Chelsea star happy to play anywhere, but would rather be in midfield

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has revealed that while he is happy to play anywhere, he would rather be in Chelsea’s midfield than out wide.

The 22-year-old impressed in various positions during the Blues’ 1-0 Carabao Cup victory over Bournemouth on Wednesday night.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek was deployed as a winger against Bournemouth

He started on the right of a front three before switching over to the left, and then finished the game in a deeper midfield role.

Loftus-Cheek told Chelsea TV: “I see myself as a midfielder. That’s where I want to be as I take my career forward. Right now I’m happy to play anywhere, right wing, left wing. I covered a lot of positions (against Bournemouth).

“I’m happy to do it wherever. And I’ll give it my best. I think I’m effective if it’s coming from deep or getting it higher up and making combinations and getting shots off.”

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The Chelsea man showed his versatility on Wednesday night

The England international, who is fast becoming an integral part of Maurizio Sarri’s squad, believes he is now reaping the rewards of his loan spell with Crystal Palace last season.

“After a season at Palace I felt I really matured, I got to see what the Premier League was like playing week-in, week out,” Loftus-Cheek added.

“At Palace we had to fight a lot. I really think I learned the way to fight and grind out games.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace

“After the World Cup I was ready to come back and fight for a place at Chelsea.

“The start of the season was difficult but I’m getting chances now and I’m just looking to do the best I can.”

Assistant boss Gianfranco Zola highlighted Loftus-Cheek’s versatility after the quarter-final victory over Bournemouth.

Zola said: “I was impressed with him. He’s done very well as one of the strikers, wide players, but also he showed a lot of application and sacrifice when he played as a midfielder.

“He’s gone a long way since the beginning of the season and improved in many ways. He’s a good boy and works very hard on his game.”

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