Chelsea's Loftus-Cheek picks Arsenal legend Henry as one of his heroes

Chelsea's Ruben Loftus Cheek in action with Leicester's N'Golo Kante

The Chelsea youth academy product grew up with France World Cup winners Zinedine Zidane and Thierry Henry as his footballing icons.

Chelsea's Ruben Loftus Cheek in action with Leicester's N'Golo Kante

Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek has revealed to the club’s official website that legendary Arsenal forward Thierry Henry was one of his childhood heroes growing up, along with Zinedine Zidane.

The English midfielder, who recently formed a formidable central midfield partnership with club teammate Lewis Baker for the England under-21 side that won the Toulon Tournament last month, has made 14 first-team appearances for the Blues since graduating from their academy.

And the youngster, when asked about who were his role models growing up, included Real Madrid coach Zidane and also, interestingly, Arsenal legend Henry as the players who made the most impact on him growing up in his bid to make it as a professional.

Reuters / Picture supplied by Action Images *** Local Caption *** RBBORH2004061200766.jpgFormer France star Zinedine Zidane is one of Loftus-Cheek's early icons

“Zinedine Zidane made everything looks so easy and effortless," he said.

“He was a top player and a really great professional. His style was great to watch and he was one of the best players of the generation when I was growing up” he said on the Champions League winning player and now manager."


Arsenal's Thierry Henry celebrates victoryArsenal's Thierry Henry is another of Loftus-Cheek's childhood heroes

On Henry, Loftus-Cheek said “Like Zidane, at the time I was about 10 years old and really getting into football and understanding it, Thierry Henry was just at the top of his game.

“I just liked watching him because he was a great footballer and I admired the way he could change a game.”

Neil Taylor and Loftus-CheekLoftus-Cheek will be gunning for a first team spot under new boss Antonio Conte

Chelsea fans will be hoping his penchant for an Arsenal club hero won’t see him make a reverse Ashley Cole move across London to the Emirates any time soon.

Loftus-Cheek is tipped for great things at Chelsea, and he will be looking to stake a claim for a first team place when Antonio Conte takes over the reins at Stamford Bridge after this summer’s European Championships.

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