Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s father has hit out at Jose Mourinho, accusing the ex-Chelsea manager of ‘holding him back’ during the Portuguese’s stint at Stamford Bridge.
Loftus-Cheek, currently on loan at Crystal Palace, was handed his debut in Mourinho’s second term at Chelsea. However, he only made 9 appearances in total under the current Man Utd manager, before he was sacked by Chelsea for a second time in December 2015. He was largely restricted to late cameos.
Trevor Loftus, the 21-year-old’s father, speaking to the Daily Mail, expressed his anguish at the 54-year-old’s handling of his son, suggesting that Loftus-Cheek would be far along his development had he been under someone like Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.
“He should have been playing. Everyone behind the scenes was asking: ‘why isn’t he playing?’ If Ruben was playing for Mauricio Pochettino, he’d have 70, 80, 90 first team appearances by now.
“He is like a Rolls Royce. He used to win all of the player of the year awards.
“But once Chelsea clapped eyes on him they knew what he was. They knew he was special.”, said Trevor.
The youngster has been one of the shining lights in bottom club Crystal Palace’s dismal season so far, despite injury troubles. His impressive performances had earned him a first England call-up, where his breakout season continued. He was adjudged the man of the match for his impressive performance in the Three Lions’ 0-0 draw against world champions Germany this week.
Loftus-Cheek and England will take on Brazil next, on Tuesday night.