Our Newcastle fans here in the Transfer Tavern are a little down with Antonio Conte’s comments to TalkSport (via Shields Gazette,) that Ruben Loftus-Cheek will not be leaving Chelsea on loan.
The Magpies are firmly locked in a duel with Brighton for the Championship title and so any deals they could pull off in this window would surely be welcomed.
The young midfielder is highly-rated in the Premier League, even if he has not played much, and is being backed for a bright career in the game.
Like all young players, though, he needs minutes – something he has not had at Chelsea in recent times – but his manager wants to keep him at Stamford Bridge regardless.
The Italian said of the situation:
“No, No. Absolutely [he’s not leaving]. I don’t want this. For Ruben I don’t want this.
“He knows this and the club knows this. I want him to stay because he’s ready to play for the first team.”
A pretty conclusive reaction from Conte, then, though it remains to be seen if he does actually play the midfielder.
Meanwhile, it appears Rafa Benitez will have to look elsewhere for potential targets in the January window.
Who would you bring in, Newcastle fans? Let us know below!
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