Ruben Loftus-Cheek's father accuses Jose Mourinho of holding him back

Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United ahead of the UEFA Champions League group A match between Manchester United and SL Benfica at Old Trafford on October 31, 2017 in Manchester,...

Mourinho previously criticised Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek's workrate.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Crystal Palace beats Nicolas Otamendi of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at Etihad Stadium on September 23,...

Ruben Loftus-Cheek's father has accused former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho of holding back the youngster's progress.

Loftus-Cheek, who is currently on a season-long loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, hit the headlines after starring for England on his senior international debut against Germany last week.

However, the 21-year-old has endured a challenging time at club level as he has found his opportunities restricted at Chelsea, with his father believing that Mourinho is the main culprit with regards to Loftus-Cheek's lack of game time.

Trevor Loftus-Cheek told the Daily Mail: “Jose Mourinho held him back.

“He should have been playing. Everyone behind the scenes was asking: ‘Why isn’t he playing?’

“If Ruben was playing for Mauricio Pochettino, he’d have 70, 80, 90 first team appearances by now.

Josh Brownhill of Bristol City and Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Crystal Palace during the Caraboa Cup Fourth Round match between Bristol City and Crystal Palace at Ashton Gate on October 24, 2017...

“He is like a Rolls Royce. He used to win all of the player of the year awards. But once Chelsea clapped eyes on him they knew what he was. They knew he was special.”

Mourinho gave Loftus-Cheek his senior debut when Chelsea took on Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League in 2014 but the prospect has so far been unable to make a sustained breakthrough into the first-team at Stamford Bridge.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek of England and IIkay Gundogan of Germany battle for possession during the International friendly match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on November 10,...

At one stage Mourinho criticised Loftus-Cheek's workrate and the Portuguese, who is now in charge of Manchester United, was left frustrated by the youngster's approach to games, as reported by the Mirror.

Loftus-Cheek has only impressed in patches for Palace this season but his display for England against Germany, in which he demonstrated his excellent technique, provided a reminder of the undoubted quality that he possesses.

 

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