Chelsea manager Frank Lampard knows Ruben Loftus-Cheek has to play games this season, either on loan or in his squad.
The 24-year-old has battled his way back from an Achilles tendon injury, with a return to regular action then delayed by the coronavirus shutdown.
Aston Villa and Southampton have both been linked on loan for the midfielder, who has 10 England caps.
Lampard maintains that Loftus-Cheek is held in high regard at Chelsea but is in a difficult position in terms of current opportunities.
“I’m very open with Ruben. We had a few conversations last week. He’s fit like a fiddle so he can play week after week, but he has to play,” Lampard said.
“He’s done a lot of work now and would have played a lot of games sooner if it hadn’t been for the lockdown and the restart of the project.
“There is a possibility that Ruben will come out [on loan] play games because I think that would be great for him.
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“We hold him in very high regard here, I certainly do, and it could be a good option for him.
“But if it’s not the right option, he will also be competitive in this team because of his qualities and I hope he will be a big plus for us, so I’m relaxed about that.
“But I want to find the best path for Ruben and I want to find the best path for us, so by the minute we’ll see with the week ahead of us.”
Tottenham interested in Rudiger
Tottenham are interested in signing defender Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea.
The Germany international is considering his future at Stamford Bridge after falling down the pecking order of the club’s centre-backs.
Following Chelsea’s summer acquisition of Thiago Silva from Paris Saint-Germain, Rudiger has sat out the first three Premier League games of the season.
Frank Lampard favored Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Fikayo Tomori, as well as Silva, but Chelsea struggled defensively, allowing six goals in their first three games.
The 27-year-old is believed to be considering a loan move for more playing time ahead of the European Championships next summer, but Chelsea are unlikely to let any of their players join their Premier League rivals on deals. temporary agreements.
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