Chelsea prospect Ruben Loftus-Cheek has responded to criticism he received from Jose Mourinho following a lacklustre display in a post-season friendly.
According to the Daily Mirror, the 19-year-old believes that his boss was right in his damning assessment of his performance, which saw the midfielder substituted after being brought on himself earlier in the game against Sydney.
“I listened to what the manager said and I wasn’t at the level I need to do better, and I need to do better if I want to play for Chelsea,” he explained.
Despite the criticism, Loftus-Cheek is earning a reputation as one of the most exciting players to come through the academy for a long time, possibly since John Terry nearly two decades ago, and began to become a factor in the first-team late on last season.
However, Mourinho’s scathing verdict on the tour that followed their Premier League title-winning campaign led to questions about whether Loftus-Cheek would be able to break into the team next year, especially if his relationship with the boss was fragmented.
But, he has revealed that he takes everything the Special One says on board, as it will benefit him in the future.
“I just need work hard and do my best. I will listen to him and learn from him every way I can. I really want to work hard now,” he added.