Reports from the Mirror suggest that Chelsea are prepared to ward off interest from West Ham to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the January transfer window.

The Hammers are interested in a loan deal for the England midfielder as they look to boost the depth of their squad.

However, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has outrightly rejected the approach for the England man as he has shown that he can play an important role for the Blues this season.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been a fringe player for Chelsea this season but a string of decent performances, including a hat-trick in Chelsea’s last Europa League game, has impressed Sarri.

Chelsea have the likes of Jorginho, Kovacic, Fabregas, Ross Barkley, and N’Golo Kante all eager to be regular starters in the team and this hasn’t made Loftus-Cheek’s job easier.

The player has shown that he has more to offer the Blues with his recent performances, and this could just be his breakthrough year at Stamford Bridge if he grabs every chance he is given.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek has shown potential this year, right from his loan spell at Crystal Palace, to a call-up to the Three Lions for the Russia 2018 World Cup.

It remains to be seen if the England international will able to cut it at the highest level at Chelsea once he starts getting regular chances.

Meanwhile, he’ll definitely be set for action when Chelsea face Bate Borisov in the Europa League on Thursday in Belarus.