Lam­pard ready to let Loftus-Cheek leave on loan

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Matt Law

At least eight clubs in Eng­land and Europe are in­ter­ested in tak­ing Ruben Loftus-Cheek on a sea­son­long loan from Chelsea.

Loftus-Cheek has been left out of Frank Lam­pard’s last two match-day squads, which has prompted a host of clubs to check on his avail­abil­ity.

As­ton Villa are in­ter­ested in tak­ing ei­ther Ross Barkley or Lof­tusCheek, while West Ham are also thought to be track­ing the pair.

With com­pe­ti­tion for mid­field places fierce and Loftus-Cheek and Barkley both want­ing enough game time to push for a place in Eng­land’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship squad, Lam­pard may have a tough de­ci­sion to make be­tween the two mid­field­ers.

Loftus-Cheek is in need of reg­u­lar foot­ball to help his come­back from the Achilles in­jury that ruled him out for a year.

The 24-year-old’s re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion was in­ter­rupted by the coro­n­avirus shut­down, be­fore he re­turned to ac­tion af­ter last sea­son’s restart in June – mak­ing nine ap­pear­ances, only two of which were starts.

Loftus-Cheek started Chelsea’s open­ing Pre­mier League vic­tory over

Brighton, but was sub­sti­tuted in the sec­ond half. The player was then left out of the squads for the League game against Liver­pool and the Carabao Cup vic­tory over Barns­ley. Chelsea have, mean­while, for­mally com­pleted the sign­ing of goal­keeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes for around £22 mil­lion, with the Sene­gal in­ter­na­tional sign­ing a five-year con­tract.

Mendy, 28, said: “It’s a dream for me to be part of this ex­cit­ing squad and to work with Frank Lam­pard and his coach­ing staff. I can’t wait to get started.”

New sign­ing: Edouard Mendy joins Chelsea from Rennes

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