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Ruben Loftus-Cheek signs new long-term Chelsea contract

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the England midfielder, whose previous Blues deal had two years still to run, has signed a new five-year contract at Chelsea worth £120,000-a-week which takes him through until 2024.

The 23-year-old is a product of a productive academy system at Stamford Bridge.

He became a regular in Chelsea’s midfield towards the end of last season after a successful loan spell at Crystal Palace in 2017/18 where he made 24 Premier League appearances.

Loftus-Cheek is set to miss the beginning of the season with an Achilles injury but is tipped to have a bright future at Chelsea.

Speaking on his new contract, the midfielder said: “I’m really happy and pleased that I get to stay here for another five years.

“It’s the place where I’ve grown up playing and hopefully I’ll be playing here for a lot longer.

“At eight or nine-years-old, of course you never think you’ll be here for so long because you just want to enjoy yourself and play with your friends.

“When I look back and see how the hard work has paid off, it’s a good feeling. That only makes me want to work harder to achieve more in the future.

“I hope to win a lot more trophies with the team and personally it’s just about trying to do as well as I can and work hard to be a key player for Chelsea.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “We see Ruben as an important part of the squad for many years to come.

“We are very pleased he also considers his future to be with Chelsea.

“He is proof of the fantastic work being done in the Chelsea Academy and in recent seasons has developed into a first-team regular and an England international.

“Under Frank Lampard’s leadership, we believe he will be a key player for Chelsea and we look forward to welcoming him back once he has recovered from his injury.”

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