Guus Hiddink has revealed that when he first arrived at Stamford Bridge, he was under the impression that Ruben Loftus-Cheek was at least 24 years old.
The youngster, who turned 20 January and has recently signed a new five-year deal to keep him at Stamford Bridge, is one of the hottest prospects to come out of the Chelsea academy.
His new deal at Stamford Bridge is thought to be worth around £65,000 a week.
According to London24, Hiddink has admitted the midfielder will get more opportunities in the upcoming matches to show his worth.
In the upcoming match days there will be options as well, we had him in training and made special analysis of the way he has to progress at his age and he’s working on that and it will pay off.
Loftus-Cheek has been part of the first-team squad this season but has seen his game time limited as interim boss, Hiddink, looks to turn the club’s fortunes around.
The midfielder’s last start came against MK Dons in the fourth round of the FA Cup, back in January.
Hiddink admits the club are working hard to ensure that Loftus-Cheek develops well.
When I arrived I thought he was 24 or 25. That indicates he has a great future. We work specifically on a plan on what he can improve. He’s working on that, it will pay off in the upcoming games. I won’t give any guarantees, but he will have his minutes.