Maurizio Sarri confirms powerful midfielder will be a Chelsea player in January

Maurizio Sarri has ruled out a loan move for English versatile midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek but he has asked the player to improve upon hisp performance.

Loftus-Cheek was out-of-favour under former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte but his loan spell with Crystal Palace last term was very impressive. He also formed a huge part of Gareth Southgate squad that took the Russia World Cup by storm.

The 22-year-old midfielder is beginning find his footing under Sarri and he has impressed this term, particularly in the Carabao Cup for the Blues.

He has been linked with a move away from Chelsea in the winter transfer window given the bit-part role he has played thus far but Sarri has quelled all of that.

Sarri said: ‘Ruben in October played four matches out of five. At the moment the situation is not for a loan of course.

‘He has improved but needs to improve more from the tactical point of view. Physically, he has great characteristics: he is fast, solid, great impact, technically he is very good but if he wants to play as a midfielder he needs to improve in the defensive phase. The potential is great.

With the future of Danny Drink Water and Tiemoue Bakayoko up in the air, Loftus Cheek could eventually seal a place in the first team of Chelsea if he steps up his game.