After making a total of 13 appearances for Chelsea, the young English central midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has put pen to paper and will continue his career as a Blue through to 2021.
Coming through the ranks and regarded as Chelsea's top youth talent, Loftus-Cheek has made a very good impression on fans and made the most of the opportunities he has received; it's well documented how few of their academy stars made the grade. His only goal has come in an FA Cup game in a 2-0 win against Scunthorpe.
Loftus-Cheek giving back
The youngster admitted he was "delighted to sign a new contract at Chelsea", saying that his "focus is on working hard in training every day" so he can earn a first-team spot.
He added, "It really means a lot because this shows the club believe in me so I’m really happy."
Loftus-Cheek thanked the club for doing "so much" for him since he "started [at Chelsea] as an Under-8".
He concluded, "Now I want to repay the faith they’ve shown in me with my performances on the pitch."
The Englishman captained the Chelsea under-18 side that won the FA Youth Cup, was a regular in the under-21 that won the U21 Premier League and was a major component of the Chelsea under-19 team that won the UEFA Youth League.
Loftus-Cheek has seen success not only at the club level but the international level. He has made appearances for each English youth team, which includes him scoring six goals in 13 appearances for the England under-19s.
The sky is the limit
To be able to play with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic and other world class players will really help the growth of Loftus-Cheek.
His downfall, however, is his work rate off the ball, which Jose Mourinho took to the press to express his dissatisfaction at after a pre-season match against Sydney FC.
But when he either has the ball or is a piece of the puzzle when attacking, he seems Premier League quality.
The success of Loftus-Cheek will pave the way for more academy products to be given time in the first team.