England international Ruben Loftus-Cheek hopes to impress Maurizio Sarri as the season progresses but is open to a possible return to Crystal Palace in January.

He was linked with a move away from Chelsea in the summer but the Blues held on to him.

It could be recalled that Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson confirmed that the club failed in their bid to re-sign Cheek in the summer after his impressive loan stint last season.

The player has had just 33 minutes of action for Chelsea this season in 4 games as he faces a tough task of being a regular with the likes of Jorginho, Kovacic, Barkley, all ahead of him.

The player expects to feature more for Chelsea after the international break as there will be more games to play but has an eye on a Crystal Palace return.

“There’s a lot of games coming up, so I think there will be more opportunities coming for players that are not playing every week”
“But I’m not sure when I am going to play. It is just down to me working hard in training.

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“A lot of my game is based on physicality and I obviously didn’t feel my fittest against Switzerland but I will build on that. I’ve spoken with Sarri in the past couple of weeks and he’s told me I need to learn tactically and his ways in training. The quicker I get that then the more opportunities I will get to play.”

“Possibly but that is still far away,” he replied when asked about a possible return to Palace.

“There are a lot of games to play and I just have to see what happens. Right now I am at Chelsea and my focus is at Chelsea and learning at Chelsea. That is in the future and we will deal with that when it comes.”