CHELSEA star Ruben Loftus-Cheek should leave the club as quickly as he can if he isn’t going to be guaranteed game time.
The midfielder enjoyed an impressive spell on loan at Crystal Palace last season and his contribution in steering them away from danger earned him a spot in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.
Loftus-Cheek started two of England’s group games and as his status continues to grow, there are question marks over his club future.
Chelsea have made it clear that he has a future at Stamford Bridge but with uncertainty surrounding their managerial situation, he could seek a fresh start this summer.
Roy Hodgson has made no secret of his ambition to bring him back to Selhurst Park, while Everton and West Ham have also expressed an interest.
And Allardyce, who has managed all three interested clubs, has urged Loftus-Cheek to make his decision based on where he is most likely to develop as a footballer.
It depends on Antonio Conte,” he exclusively told Starsport.
Is he going to play for Chelsea? If you’re going to play for Chelsea, and certainly he’s showing that he’s good enough to play for Chelsea, that’s his dream club obviously.
“Look what going on loan has done for him
“If Loftus-Cheek hadn’t gone on loan to Crystal Palace this season he would be nowhere near the World Cup squad.
“And because he’s gone to Crystal Palace at 22, which is far too late in his career, look what he’s achieved.
So if he’s got no future at Chelsea then get to a Premier League club as quick as you can and shine and continue to grow.”
Loftus-Cheek would likely favour a return to Palace should he leave Chelsea.
The 22-year-old was a key part of Hodgson’s squad last season, despite missing nearly four months of football with injury problems.
And earlier this month the Lewisham-born midfielder hinted at a Blues exit.
He said: “That’s the key for me next season regarding where I end up, I want to play.
“I do understand Chelsea are a big club and there is always pressure on managers to win games and trophies.
“So I understand they might not be willing to take a chance on someone at a bigger club.
“We’ll see what happens. I’m confident in my ability and that I can do well, wherever it is.
“But I’m not thinking about whether I’m going to play at Chelsea right now. I’m only focused on the tournament.”
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