AFC Bournemouth are reportedly keen on signing Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan in January.

The Daily Mirror write that Loftus-Cheek has played just 119 minutes in the Premier League this season under Maurizio Sarri.

The 22-year-old featured regularly as England reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in the summer following an impressive loan spell across London with Crystal Palace.

However, his performances in Russia weren’t enough to make him a first-team regular at Stamford Bridge, with four of his nine appearances this campaign coming in the Europa League.

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The midfielder has scored three times in that competition and came off the bench to score in the Blues’ 2-0 victory over West London rivals Fulham on Sunday.

Loftus-Cheek admitted that he is finding his lack of playing time ‘tough’, but insisted he is fully focused on Chelsea and not looking for a move.

He said:

Every player goes through tough times. From playing a lot to not playing a lot is tough. I have a good family and friends who help me when times are tough which is always good for me. Also, I am strong individually to know what I want in the future. I will always believe I will get to where I want if I keep my head down.

Palace, West Ham United, Newcastle United and German outfit Schalke are also said to be interested in the player.

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