Ruben Loftus-Cheek can "decide his own future," according to Thomas Tuchel, and win a spot in Chelsea's first-team roster next season.
Loftus-Cheek, who made his Chelsea debut in 2014 but has been hindered by injuries, spent last season as a loanee at
, which are demoted from thePremier League.
According to reports, Chelsea aims to sell the 25-year-old this summer, but team manager Tuchel believes Loftus-Cheek has a chance to establish himself ahead of the new season.
"It's too early to judge Ruben," said Tuchel after Chelsea defeated Arsenal in a pre-season friendly at the Emirates. "He has everything in his hands. He can decide his own future."
intends to stay at Stamford Bridge and has stated that this has been the season in which
"I hit the ground running"
at the club.
"I had last season as a season where I can find my feet, and it definitely felt like that at the start," he told the Chelsea website. "I was struggling mentally and needed to focus on just taking risks in training and get that feel back.
"But it eventually came and I was doing really well in games, so I've had my injury and I've had a season now to get fit and feel confident in my body and this season is where I hit the ground running."
"I feel really fit now and strong, and hopefully the injuries stay away," Loftus-Cheek added. "Last season was my first full injury-free season which is a massive positive for me, because I always used to get niggles.
"Even though I was fit I'd be out for a week or a couple of days, miss a couple of matches, but last season was good for my body to be fit every training session and available for every game."
West Ham's main summer priority, defender
, has been rumored to move away from Chelsea as the club are keen to sign a deal for Sevilla's
Tuchel was arch when quizzed about Zouma's future, stating:
"Kurt comes from a very different situation [to Loftus-Cheek].
"He has been with the team for half a year and I know what he can give to the team. He was part of a very successful half season.
"He had some tough decisions against him, so the situation isn't the same as Ruben."
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