Chelsea have reportedly reached an agreement with midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek over a new long-term deal. The England international had two years remaining on his £60,000-a-week contract but he has now penned a five-year deal with wages worth £150,000-a-week (£39m package).
The 23-year-old struggled for regular playing time from the starting lineup during the first half of the previous season but he managed to better his fortunes in the backend where he was one of the club’s leading performers.
The midfielder’s season ended on a sour note as he sustained a serious Achilles injury in a charity game in May, but that has, however, had no impact on the contract renewal with the club.
According to The Telegraph, the deal has been agreed between the player and the Blues, but an agreement could be delayed with the club wanting to present Frank Lampard as their new head coach before disclosing the extension for the England international.
Chelsea won’t be able to register any new players for the next 12 months due to a transfer embargo and Loftus-Cheek’s absence may have to be covered up by Mason Mount, who impressed under Lampard at Derby last term.
The young midfielder earned valuable experience on a season-long loan with the Rams and he may provide the much-needed cover whilst Loftus-Cheek makes a return to the field by the turn of the year.