Scott Parker is reportedly keen to make Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s move to Fulham permanent next season if there is any opportunity to strike a deal with Chelsea.
The 25-year-old midfielder has found his feet on loan at Craven Cottage in recent weeks after a rusty start to the season, due to his long layoff following the Achilles tendon injury suffered at the end of the 2018 campaign / 19.
Loftus-Cheek said last week that he plans to return to Chelsea in June, where he is under contract until the summer of 2024, but he appears low in the hierarchy – especially if Thomas Tuchel sticks to it. a 3-4-2- 1 training.
If Loftus-Cheek were made available by the club he joined at the age of eight, Parker would jump at the chance to keep him permanently at Fulham.
“Yes, of course,” Fulham head coach said when asked if he would try to change the England international’s mind.
“Ruben has been a fantastic addition. I have seen someone grow tremendously since the start of the season to be a person and a player now who has transformed. He has grown tremendously and helped us tremendously.
“At the moment it’s about this year for Ruben, focus on the next 10 games and where he can still improve. But in the end, if there is an opportunity to do so, I would be more than happy. “
This would be unlikely to happen if Fulham are relegated to the Championship, but they host Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow night after a five-game unbeaten streak.
A win over Jose Mourinho’s side would take them out of the bottom three on goal difference. However, Parker said there were concerns that his team could change a lot next season, regardless of which division they are in.
Six loaned players started last weekend’s draw at Crystal Palace, including three from the top four, with the club aware of financial fair play restrictions and focusing on temporary deals in the last two windows.
“It might be [dismantled], there is that possibility, “he added.” The decisions you make as a newly promoted club are to try to stay in the division. I thought we balanced well. “