Ruben Loftus-Cheek has revealed the level of frustration he experienced at Chelsea and claimed his development was stalled by their refusal to offer him more first-team football.
Having found regular playing time with Crystal Palace, Gareth Southgate gave the 21-year-old a chance to impress in a friendly against Germany. After a man of the match display in that 0-0 draw, his standing in English football has sky-rocketed.
The purring performance in England's midfield came as no surprise to some Chelsea coaches, who have long considered Loftus-Cheek a future star at Stamford Bridge. But his obvious talent was never afforded the chance to develop as the likes of Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte opted for experience.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek's display at Wembley has seen his standing in English football sky-rocket
Loftus-Cheek was awarded Man of the Match for his efforts and could now play against Brazil
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Loftus-Cheek admits he found the last three seasons at Chelsea 'mentally tough' and feels he was never given the required time to truly impress in Conte's first team.
'I think in the last two or three years I've had to be patient,' he told the Croydon Advertiser.
'It was tough, mentally, at Chelsea not getting the game time, but I had to be really patient and have the mentality to still train right and do all the right things.
The 21-year-old failed to start a single Premier League game as Chelsea won the title last term
'A lack of games held me back, definitely. When I had a chance, and when you don't play, you really feel the difference of what matches give you; the match sharpness, the fitness, the strength.
'It's what you need to progress, so it was hard not playing when I was trying to be the best player on the pitch.'
Further hinting that his relationship with Chelsea is on rugged ground, Loftus-Cheek claimed to have had no contact with his manager since departing for Selhurst Park.
He continued: 'I've had no contact (with Conte). I'm focused at Palace for the season.'
Loftus-Cheek has featured regularly for Crystal Palace since joining the club on loan
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