Loftus-Cheek set to stay at Chelsea, confirms Sarri

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Maurizio Sarri insists Ruben Loftus-Cheek will not leave Chelsea before the closure of the transfer window even though the midfielder may struggle for game time.

Loftus-Cheek impressed on loan at Crystal Palace last season - earning a place in England's World Cup squad - and said in July that Chelsea's lack of faith in him has had an effect on his cofidence.

The 22-year-old had been linked with another spell away from Stamford Bridge as the Blues only added to their midfield over the summer, signing Sarri's star man at Napoli, Jorginho, and loaning Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid.

Loftus-Cheek was brought on to play the final 20 minutes in Chelsea's Premier League opener against Huddersfield Town this season, but was then left out of the squad for last week's win over Arsenal.

Another loan move had been reported as a possibility after Loftus-Cheek's promising World Cup performances, but Sarri says that will not happen until January at the earliest.

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"I decided to put two wingers and only one midfielder on the bench [against Arsenal]," Sarri said in explanation of Loftus-Cheek's absence.

"I have spoken with him twice this week after I spoke with the club, so I think that he will remain with us. We can speak again about his situation but I think only in December."

Loftus-Cheek has made 33 appearances for Chelsea's first-team, making his debut in 2014, and featured 25 times for Crystal Palace last term.