England international preparing to sign new Chelsea contract

Ruben Loftus-Cheek will only sign a new long-term deal at Stamford Bridge if Chelsea assure the midfielder of a regular place in the first-team next campaign.

The Englishman is a big favourite among the Chelsea supporters but started only six Premier League games under Maurizio Sarri this season.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has played regularly in the Europa League, and the Blues are eager to tie the 23-year-old to a new contract – his current one expires in 2021. However, the Sun claims Ruben Loftus-Cheek will only extend his stay at Stamford Bridge if he is given playing time assurances by the club.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek feels he deserved to start more matches under Maurizio Sarri and could wait to see how Chelsea’s transfer ban plays out.

Fifa denied Chelsea’s appeal of their two-window ban, but the Premier League side are expected to take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

If the Blues are blocked from signing any new players in the next two windows, the club will be required to rely on their homegrown talent.

Chelsea will offer Ruben Loftus-Cheek a lucrative new contract, and the England international is believed to start against Arsenal in the Europa League final.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has played a pivotal part in the run to the final, netting in the semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt.

With the final just weeks away, the FA Cup holders must juggle their preparations with a 6,544-mile round trip to Boston after leaving for America on Monday.