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Chelsea have reportedly told Ruben Loftus-Cheek to stay and fight for his place, although he was omitted from Saturday’s squad.

The 22-year-old England international is considering another loan move away from Chelsea after Sarri didn’t include him in the list of substitutes in the win over Arsenal.

Ross Barkley was handed a start in the game while loan signing Mateo Kovacic came on as a substitute and impressed.

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However, the Telegraph have claimed that Chelsea would like the midfielder to stay and compete for a place at least until January when the window opens so that he can reassess his future.

Many would have thought that Loftus-Cheek would have a breakthrough season at Chelsea this term due to his performances at Crystal Palace last season.

The midfielder must play regularly to stand a chance of making it into Gareth Southgate’s England squad on a consistent basis.

Meanwhile, Schalke have expressed interest in taking Loftus-Cheek to the Bundesliga, although options may still exist for a move to Spain or France.

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However, Loftus-Cheek’s current contract runs until 2021 and he cannot join another Premier League club until January. Therefore, staying put until then might be his best option.

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