Loftus-Cheek agrees new long-term contract with Chelsea

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Chelsea have tied Ruben Loftus-Cheek down to a long-term contract at the club, with the midfielder agreeing to a significant pay-rise at Stamford Bridge.

The 23-year-old is set to become an integral part of the team under new manager Frank Lampard who is expected to be announced this week.

The England international has agreed a deal that will run for at least the next five years and is likely to be worth over £150,000-a-week.

The midfielder’s previous contract was worth £60,000-a-week, with the notable increase reflecting his increasing influence in the first team.

Loftus-Cheek made 40 appearances for the Blues in all competitions last season, scoring 10 goals, comfortably the most of his career on both fronts.

It will be a while before Chelsea fans see Loftus-Cheek in action again as he remains sidelined with an Achilles tendon problem he picked up in a charity match in May.

The injury was likely to keep him out for at least six months, so the powerful midfielder will do well to return to the first team before the end of 2019.

The Blues will be keen to get him back to fitness as quickly as possible as they remain unable to sign players during this, and the next, transfer window