Ruben Loftus-Cheek reaffirms commitment to Chelsea after starring in FA Cup semi-final win

Despite looking a bit like a peripheral figure when he returned on loan from Fulham over the summer, the 26-year-old enjoyed a run in the first team.

Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final win over Crystal Palace was the England midfielder’s 32nd appearance of the season, replacing Mateo Kovacic in the first half before scoring a crucial opener at Wembley.

Tuchel will later praise the midfielder, backing him to fulfill his potential.

Operating in a number of different roles this season, Loftus-Cheek appears to have been playing more regularly of late and still has two years left on his contract at Stamford Bridge.

Amid so much uncertainty off the pitch, the academy graduate explained the difficulty he has had overcoming injury issues, as well as a number of loan spells, while declaring his intention to stay in his childhood club.

“Everyone wants to play and I feel like I’ve played well in the last two games and I wanted to keep up the pace, but the strength in depth in the team is fantastic,” he said.

“The reason I’m still here is because of my mentality through all the injuries.

“I keep going and I still believe in myself. My time will come and I will continue to fight and work for it.

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