Chelsea loanee interests Thomas Tuchel, says “he reminded me of Michael Ballack”

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been offered a route back at Chelsea after a glowing compliment from his manager.

The midfielder is on loan at Fulham after falling down pecking order at Chelsea under former manager Frank Lampard.

Thomas Tuchel said: “I was quite a fan of him when he was younger.

“He reminded me of Michael Ballack. There were links with him moving to Germany. We are well aware of his talent.

“I don’t know why things have not worked out as he wished but now he is doing good.

“I cannot judge him from TV and hearsay. I love to work with players then to give my opinion.”