Birth Date:23 January 1996

Birth Place:London

Nationality:United Kingdom



Preferred Foot:Right

At AC Milan since:2023

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was born in London on 23 January 1996 to parents of Guyanese descent, and into a family of footballers: in addition to him, half-brothers Carl and Leon and younger brother Joe. At the age of 8, he joined the Chelsea Academy and began the journey up through the various youth ranks, making his professional debut in a Chelsea v Sporting Champions League match on 10 December 2014. A couple of months later, in February, he was promoted by Mourinho to the first team, thus winning the 2014/15 Premier League. In the same season, among other things, he won - together with Fikayo Tomori - the UEFA Youth League, playing in the Final against Shakhtar.

He scored his first goal on 10 January 2016, in a victory against Scunthorpe in the FA Cup, and over the years he also proved to be versatile from a tactical point of view: after his first experiences in the midfield and as an attacking midfielder, he also played as an additional striker, as a False Nine but also as a wide midfielder and central defender. His career found new life on loan in 2017/18 at Crystal Palace, an experience that also earned him his first call-up to the national team. After playing in the 2018 World Cup with England, he returned to Chelsea and experienced, in 2018/19, his most prolific season (10 goals in 40 official appearances), turning out to be a key member of Sarri's team that won the Europa League. After another loan spell in 2020/21 at Fulham, he returned to the Blues, winning a European Super Cup and missing the 2021 Club World Cup due to Covid-19. After 155 total appearances with Chelsea came the call from AC Milan in June 2023, an opportunity he accepted enthusiastically.

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