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Frank Lampard ready to let reported Aston Villa target Ruben Loftus-Cheek leave

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Frank Lampard ready to let reported Aston Villa target Ruben Loftus-Cheek leave

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has given Ruben Loftus-Cheek the green light to leave Stamford Bridge, amid speculation linking the player to Aston Villa.

The midfielder has made just one appearances for the Blues so far in 2020/21 having started against Brighton in the first Premier League game.

Since then, he has been omitted from three matchday squads, leading to talk of an exit.

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The Telegraph recently claimed that Aston Villa are looking at a possible loan move for the England international, as well as Ross Barkley.

Fans may now be permitted to get excited, with Lampard swinging the door open for Loftus-Cheek to depart.

He said (quoted by Goal): “I’m very open with Ruben. We’ve had a couple of conversations in the last week. He’s fit as a fiddle so he can play week in, week out. He needs to play. He’s done a lot of work now.


“He would have been playing earlier if it wasn’t for lockdown and restart. There’s a possibility that Ruben may go out [on loan] to play games because I think that would be great for him. We hold him in very high regard here. I certainly do and that could be a good option for him.”

Lampard went on the sing the star’s praises, calling him ‘versatile’ and somebody that offers ‘something different’.

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This is a clear indicator that Loftus-Cheek is available, and Villa should move quickly if they do want him.

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Because one gets the feeling that he won’t be short of suitors.

Loftus-Cheek is quite a unique player, whose physicality and technical quality set him apart from a lot of young central midfielders.

The likes of Southampton and West Ham United have been mentioned so Dean Smith ought to work quickly.

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