|Org||England National Team|
|Club as Player||Chelsea FC|
2017 11 09 Retrieve
[Loftus-Cheek aims to become Chelsea’s next midfield dynamo] Ballack is a player that inspired me when I was growing up at Chelsea. I used to watch him playing with the likes of [Frank] Lampard and [Michael] Essien in midfield. I was coming through the Academy and my coaches always used to say to me: ‘Watch the games, watch Ballack.’ At the time they brought in a type of analysis which was quite new. It tracked players individually. You could go on a laptop, click on a name and watch all their plays from the game. I used to click on Ballack’s name a lot. He was a guy that would boss the midfield. It is what my dad used to say to me as well, that I need to boss the midfield too. Ballack was a player that ran the game, while Lampard kind of worked off him. I took his style into the way I play, especially when I played as a No.8 all the way through the academy and sometimes play now.
I have always been quite tall since the age of 13-14, but I wasn’t powerful with big muscles. I have had to develop that Ballack frame and power over a period of time. My physicality is a big part of my game. It was a strength that he used and it is something you can compare us with
2019 05 11 Retrieve
[Loftus-Cheek picks out his best position as he closes on Chelsea return] It’s going well! It’s been a long time and I’ve had a few setbacks as well. It’s never been just a straight path but I’m close now … I’ve been running and moving, I feel I’m right on the edge. I’m close and I can’t wait.
[Loftus-Cheek, who made his Chelsea debut back in 2014, added on being one of the first academy stars to make a senior breakthrough] It feels good to be the one who led the way for the boys coming through. It’s good to know that the boys look up to you as you have done it before them […] and those boys who look up to me will soon have younger boys who will look up to them so it all goes hand-in-hand. The more academy graduates in the team, the better.
I’m most effective as a box-to-box midfielder. Getting up and down, creating and also defending. I’ve played in a number of positions because I’m versatile so it’s easy for managers to move me around. I played left and right midfield at Palace but I managed to do well. That’s cool when you’re coming up but as I’m maturing I kind of want to nail down one position and hopefully that position is box-to-box
I remember when I was at Palace and the World Cup was in the summer, I fractured my ankle and I was only back for six games before the squad was selected. That was a short amount of time but even then it was a target for me, so hopefully now I can get half a season of playing well and stake my claim. Obviously going to the World Cup and playing a little bit there helps – and hopefully playing regularly in the Chelsea team is the start I need to get back with the national team
2019 07 06 Retrieve
[Loftus-Cheek pens new five-year, £120k-a-week contract at Chelsea] I’m really happy and pleased that I get to stay here for another five years. It’s the place where I’ve grown up playing and hopefully I’ll be playing here for a lot longer.
At eight or nine years old, of course you never think you’ll be here for so long because you just want to enjoy yourself and play with your friends. When I look back and see how the hard work has paid off, it’s a good feeling. That only makes me want to work harder to achieve more in the future. I hope to win a lot more trophies with the team and personally it’s just about trying to do as well as I can and work hard to be a key player for Chelsea
2020 04 06 Retrieve
[Ruben Loftus-Cheek says of the lockdown] It’s been difficult just staying inside, it’s just a complete change of routine. But I think it’s just the best thing to do, just avoid going out as much as you can, because I think everyone just wants to get this over and done with, back to normal routine, normal football on the weekends