The agent of Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek has, on Friday, provided a fresh insight into his client’s future at Stamford Bridge.
Recent weeks, of course, have seen speculation begin to mount that midfielder Loftus-Cheek could be in line for a fresh summer departure from west London.
RLC endured something of a hit-and-miss campaign with Chelsea in 2021/22, racking up a respectable 39 appearances across all competitions.
Less than half of these outings, though, came in the form of starts, culminating in fresh chatter in the media of late that those in a position of power at Stamford Bridge could opt to cash in on the club’s academy product in the case of a reasonable offer being tabled.
And one such club, in turn, tipped as a potential landing spot comes in the form of Lazio.
Murmurs have begun to spread that Maurizio Sarri would be keen to reunite with Loftus-Cheek in the Italian capital, amid ongoing speculation surrounding the future of the Biancocelesti’s star midfielder, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
Speaking on Friday, it therefore came as little surprise when the subject of his client’s Serie A links were put to none other than Loftus-Cheek’s agent.
During an interview with Italian outlet Tuttosport, though, Jonathan Barnett was quick to shoot down rumours of a potential Sarri reunion, hinting that RLC’s focus remains firmly on all things Chelsea:
“He and [Maurizio] Sarri have an excellent relationship, but for the moment there is nothing [with Lazio].”
“Despite the club being in a transformative phase [owing to a change in ownership], Chelsea are still a top club. It is difficult to leave such a club.”
Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s agent, Jonathan Barnett:
“Despite the club being in a transformative phase [owing to a change in ownership], #Chelsea are still a top club. It is difficult to leave such a club.”
— Absolute Chelsea (@AbsoluteChelsea) May 27, 2022