Premier League: Ruben Loftus-Cheek admits Chelsea future is unclear  

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  • Ruben Loftus-Cheek has played 21 times on loan for Crystal Palace this season 
  • Midfielder has been tipped for a place in England’s World Cup squad in Russia
  • Loftus-Cheek says he isn’t thinking about next season and is focused on Palace
  • He is back fit after injury and looks set to play a big part in Eagles’ final four ties

Ruben Loftus-Cheek admits he is still yet to make a decision on his Chelsea future after impressing on loan at Crystal Palace.

The midfielder has been tipped for a place in England’s World Cup squad after his temporary spell at Selhurst Park, in which he has featured 21 times.

After the summer, he will return to Stamford Bridge, but the 22-year-old is not yet sure whether his career will continue at Chelsea.

‘I really haven’t thought about what’s going to happen next season,’ Loftus-Cheek said. ‘I’ve still got a few games now. I’m focused with Palace.

‘Whatever happens next season, I’m not really looking at that right now. I’ll deal with that when it comes.’

Roy Hodgson and Crystal Palace are likely to enquire as to the possibility of signing the influential midfielder permanently, but that will depend on their top-flight status.

A victory over Brighton at the weekend, ably assisted by Loftus-Cheek, means the Eagles are likely to avoid relegation, as they moved six points clear of the drop zone.

For Loftus-Cheek, this season has represented a chance to enjoy the perks of first-team football after watching on from the sidelines at Stamford Bridge.

Palace still have four big games left and now that he is back to full fitness, the midfielder is likely to start each of them under the stewardship of ex-England boss Hodgson. 

‘The experience of being a Premier League player playing every week is just massive,’ he added. 

‘The feeling of it, of getting three points, I’m just not used to it. Every game means something, the supporters are fantastic and since I’ve come to Palace I’ve learnt to fight as a team and for the three points.

‘We still have a lot of fighting to do, so I’m very grateful for Palace and for the season I’ve had.’

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