Ruben Loftus-Cheek joins AC Milan from Chelsea as Mauricio Pochettino's mass exodus continues | The Sun

Ruben Loftus-Cheek joins AC Milan from Chelsea as Mauricio Pochettino's mass exodus continues | The Sun

June 29, 2023

RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK has left Chelsea for Italian giants AC Milan.

The midfielder has signed a long-term contract following his transfer to the Serie A side, says Fabrizio Romano.

And Chelsea are expected to receive around £15million for their academy product ahead of tomorrow's "unofficial transfer deadline."

Loftus-Cheek, 27, joined the Blues as a kid in 2004.

He rose through the ranks to become one of their top prospects.

And after loans at Crystal Palace and Fulham, he departs Stamford Bridge a Premier League and Europa League winner.


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Loftus-Cheek scored 13 goals in 155 games for Chelsea, playing 33 times in the last season.

But his time with the Blues was blighted by injury.

And after a breakout season under Maurizio Sarri in 2018/19, where he scored 10 goals in 40 matches, Loftus-Cheek only managed to hit the back of the net once more.

The playmaker's move to Milan sees him reunited with former academy pal and centre-back Fikayo Tomori.

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Loftus-Cheek will also be playing with Champions League winner Olivier Giroud.

And he is expected to slot straight into Milan's side as a replacement for Newcastle-bound Sandro Tonali.

Loftus-Cheek becomes the latest casualty of Mauricio Pochettino's brief reign, with the Argentine boss yet to even take charge of his first training session.

N'Golo Kante, Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly have all been offloaded to Saudi Arabia.

Kai Havertz has joined Arsenal for £65m.

And pal Mason Mount is set to join Manchester United.

Hakim Ziyech is also nearing a move to the Middle East after Mateo Kovacic linked up with Man City.

And Loftus-Cheek could soon be joined at AC Milan by winger Christian Pulisic.

The duo may yet face off against Cesar Azpilicueta, Trevoh Chalobah and Romelu Lukaku at the San Siro next season, with the trio all wanted by AC's rivals Internazionale.

As for arrivals, Pochettino has already welcomed goal-scoring No10 Christopher Nkunku to west London.

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Brighton's Moises Caicedo is the next signing lined up by Chelsea.

And they are also nearing a deal for Villarreal striker Nico Jackson.

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