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Loftus-Cheek ready to ‘step up’ and be a ‘main player’ for Chelsea

Ruben Loftus-Cheek says he is ready to ‘step up’ and become a ‘main player’ for Chelsea.

The 23-year-old has made 38 appearances for the club this season, scoring nine goals, though has been restricted to just five Premier League starts.

The England international has however featured regularly during the club’s Europa League campaign, with Chelsea facing German side Eintracht Frankfurt in the second leg of their semi-final on Thursday night.

Loftus-Cheek says he is pleased with his contribution to Chelsea’s European campaign so far, saying it would ‘feel different’ to win the trophy having only played a bit-part role in the clubs recent successes.

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“It’s the most I’ve played in my career, the most goals I have got in a season, and that’s due to playing more,” Loftus-Cheek said in a press conference on Wednesday.

“It feels good. I have won things with Chelsea but it’s never felt like I was a main player or helped the team as much as I would have liked to win a medal.

“A lot of my game-time has been in the Europa League this season, scoring goals and helping the team. It would definitely feel different to lift this trophy. I would have the feeling I have helped the team a lot on the way to lifting it, so if we do that would be amazing.

“I’ve had some difficult times with injuries over the last couple of years,” he added.

“Even this season I have got injured a lot, but I know how to deal with that now mentally, and to stay as sharp as I can when I have been injured because when I’ve come back I’ve hit the ground running.

“I’m 23 now. I don’t think I should be seen as a young player. It’s down to me to step up, and play well when I have the opportunity.”