Rio Ferdinand has advised Chelsea starlet Ruben Loftus-Cheek to leave Stamford Bridge if he continues to be left out Maurizio Sarri’s squad.
The 22-year-old midfielder has played just 33 minutes in the English top-tier this campaign as Chelsea strengthened their midfield role with the arrivals of Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho in the summer.
Sarri has promised the talented Englishman that he will get more playing time once the Blues fixture schedule becomes more congested.
However, Ferdinand has warned that the midfielder runs the risk of going mentally and physically ‘stale’ at Chelsea. ‘Obviously the players are not good enough [for these teams],’ said Ferdinand on BT Sport.
‘The young kids like [Phil] Foden, [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek and [Dominic] Solanke who are winning tournaments for England at youth level, if they’re good enough they’ll be playing.
‘It’s such a lucrative game for these [club] managers and their jobs are on the edge every single game, and they want players who are going to win instantly.
‘These players obviously aren’t being blooded properly.
”If I’m Ruben Loftus-Cheek I’m banging down the manager’s door and saying ‘are you going to play me or not?’
”I’ve got potential, I think I’m better than half these players you’re bringing in, if you aren’t going to play me, tell me and I’m going.’
”Don’t have me hanging about here getting stale’. If you’re not playing in the team as a young kid you go stale mentally and physically.’