Crystal Palace coach Ray Lewington has described former loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek as 'world class' amid rumours linking the young Chelsea midfielder with a return to Selhurst Park in January.
The Englishman spent the entirety of the 2017/18 season on loan at Palace where his eye-catching performances from midfield were enough to convince Gareth Southgate give him a spot on the plane to Russia for the summer's World Cup.
Since returning to Chelsea however, Loftus-Cheek has found playing time to be limited. However, when he has played his impact has been significant. The midfielder scored a hat-trick in the Europa League last month.
Speaking at a Palace fans meeting as quoted by football.london, Lewington reflected on Loftus Cheek's time at Selhurst Park.
He said: "There are some good players at this club, and unfortunately we lost an absolute superstar in Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
"I didn't know how good he was until I got here, and I didn't really know how good he was after the first four or five games.
Source : 90min