Loftus-Cheek keen to stay at Chelsea

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is determined to stay at Chelsea despite interest from a number of clubs, the Daily Mail reports.

West Ham and Crystal Palace are among clubs to have been linked with the midfielder amid speculation over his long-term future.

Loftus-Cheek was previously on loan at Palace and the south London club have been tipped to make a move for him at the end of the season.

But The Mail say he will reject interest from the Hammers, Palace, Roma and Everton in order to stay at Stamford Bridge.

Loftus-Cheek has impressed in recent weeks – and scored in the FA Cup semi-final win against Palace at Wembley.

Speaking about Loftus-Cheek at his post-match press conference after Sunday’s game, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel said: “He is the opposite of over-confidence. We need to instil this confidence into his body and into his game.

“These are the next steps for him, that he can absolutely feel how much influence he can have and that he shows everybody in the stadium his potential and not only us on the training pitch.

“These are the next steps and we will encourage him to do so. He has been involved in goals and assists in the past three games so it is very, very good.

“He was very, very strong in matches against Southampton and Real Madrid. He would have deserved to start but we expected a back four. We knew Ruben would have a big impact off the bench. I am very happy.”

Meanwhile, Real Madrid are reportedly monitoring Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea Reece James ahead of a possible bid for him.

The Daily Mirror claim Real have watched James at least nine times this season and that the club believe he could be what they are looking for.