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Chelsea agree five-year contract with 23-year-old midfielder

Chelsea are understood to have agreed on a new five-year contract with midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek following his promising form during the 2018/19 campaign, The Telegraph reports.

The England international struggled to command a regular starting role under former boss Maurizio Sarri during the first half of the previous season, but he managed to redeem himself during the backend of the campaign, where he was one of the club’s standout performers.

According to The Telegraph, the Blues have rewarded the midfielder with a fresh £150,000-a-week deal for the next five years, and that represents a significant increase on his previous £60,000-a-week wages at the west London side.

It is added that the Europa League holders are likely to delay the contract announcement, considering they are keen on confirming the managerial appointment of Frank Lampard first before disclosing the extension for the 23-year-old.

Loftus-Cheek has spent his entire career with the Blues and the previous campaign saw him become an integral figure of the first-team squad with 40 appearances across all competitions for the Capital outfit.

The midfielder contributed an impressive tally of 10 goals and five assists for the Blues and he was a regular presence between March and May before sustaining a serious Achilles injury during a charity match in the United States.

As such, he appears unlikely to make a comeback for the Blues until the turn of the year and incoming boss Lampard will have to adjust with the options at hand, considering the club are under a year-long transfer ban.

The Blues have, however, received a boost for the summer after they were able to secure the permanent signing of Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who spent the previous campaign on loan with the club.

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