Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that he they would like to sign on loan Chelsea attacker Ruben Loftus-Cheek permanently when his season long loan deal expires at the end of the season.
“The way Ruben’s been playing for us, he’s a player we’d like to have at our club, there’s no doubt about that,”
“I’m pretty sure that if he’s ever available for sale, we would certainly be in there with our hand up as one of the potential buyers.
“But it could well be that Chelsea would like to have both Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in their team. I wouldn’t mind both in my team, anyway.”
Loftus-Cheek has been in impressive form for Palace in the Premier League this season, and recently stared for England against Germany and Brazil.
The 21-year-old has clearly benefitted from playing regular first-team football at Selhurst Park, and it remains to be seen how Chelsea signing Ross Barkley from Everton will effect his chances of securing a starting spot at Stamford Bridge.
If Loftus-Cheek does become available on a permanent deal next summer his performances so far this term will mean that Palace will have plenty of competition for his signature.