Chelsea will 'cash in and get £25m' for Loftus-Cheek, claims Neville

Chelsea will soon ‘cash in and get £25m’ for Ruben Loftus-Cheek after he failed to take his chance in his latest ‘really disappointing’ display at Brighton, claims Gary Neville

  • Ruben Loftus-Cheek was given a starting berth by Frank Lampard on Monday 
  • Ex-Man United defender Gary Neville believes he failed to seize the opportunity
  • Loftus-Cheek was substituted after an anonymous display for an hour 
  • He has had multiple injury setbacks, including a long spell out last season 

Pundit Gary Neville believes Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has failed to make the most of his opportunities at Stamford Bridge. 

The English midfielder has had multiple injury setbacks, including a long spell on the sidelines from March 2019 to June of this year. 

Loftus-Cheek was given a starting berth by manager Frank Lampard on Monday night against Brighton but he was taken off after 61 minutes.

Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek had long spell on sidelines from March 2019 to June 2020

And former defender Neville believes he could have no complaints if Chelsea decided to offload him.  

‘I thought, Loftus-Cheek, he’s been given his chance,’ Neville told Sky Sports.

‘I thought he was really disappointing. I don’t think Loftus-Cheek can complain. He’s been given games.

Pundit Gary Neville believes Loftus-Cheek has failed to take his chances at Stamford Bridge

‘I don’t think he’s ever grasped his chance yet. There’s going to come a point when they’re going to cash in and get £25million for him.’

The Blues secured a 3-1 victory at Brighton in their opening game of the Premier League season with goals from Jorginho, Reece James and Kurt Zouma proving enough.

Loftus-Cheek showcased his burgeoning talent on loan at Crystal Palace in the 2017-18 campaign, and has impressed while winning 10 caps for England.

‘When he was at Crystal Palace you thought “what a player”,’ Neville continued.

‘He’s got to say he wants to play every single week. He’s not grabbed his chance tonight. If you get your chance you have to grab it. He’s had his chances now.’

Neville’s Sky Sports colleague Jamie Carragher concurred, he said: ‘Look at Loftus-Cheek, he’s still a very young player. But you think how long is he going to be in this team before he’s a regular because he’s not good enough to be a regular. Something gets lost.’

Midfielder Loftus-Cheek started at Brighton on Monday but was replaced on the hour mark

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