Sarri verdict on Loftus-Cheek’s future

Maurizio Sarri has labelled Ruben Loftus-Cheek a very important player following the 22-year-old’s goal at the weekend and ahead of another Premier League game which comes hard on the heels of the Fulham win.

The manager was speaking at his pre-match media conference with a visit to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday night next up to the Blues. He was asked what Loftus-Cheek needs to do to start regularly and whether there is a prospect of the player being loaned out in January.

‘I want him to stay with me, to stay with us, and so I think there is no chance,’ was the answer.

‘He played some matches in the Europa League and the Carabao Cup and he played some matches in the Premier League without starting. At the moment he is very important for us. He had some problems to understand very well what I want but now he is improving and in the last two matches I was really very happy with him.’

Sarri will have some selection decisions to make for tomorrow’s game at Molineux. He was able to report a lack of injury concerns with the doctor having passed as fit Mateo Kovacic, who had a knock on the ankle in the Fulham game, and Marcos Alonso who had a little problem with his back.

‘Maybe during the match Alonso’s back worsened,’ he added. ‘This is possible. He did not play very well but I think Alonso knows that he did not play very well. It can happen and today we will see the reaction and the situation with the back. For the doctor, the back is better.’

Alvaro Morata, and the centre-forward’s response to missing a good chance in that same game, was another subject raised by reporters in the conference.

‘I have to understand very well what he needs but I am unable to do everything,’ Sarri said. ‘Morata in the last month played well, he scored goals and he needs only continuity I think. He needs confidence and confidence and confidence. We need only to have continuity in scoring.

‘Now he is 25, I think he can change but his character is this so he has only to stay calm. In the last match he missed the goal only because he wanted to score too much.’

We travel to play a Wolves side which are on a run of five defeats and one draw, but that form should not lull anyone into a false sense of security pointed out the Italian.

‘I expect a very difficult match because they are a very technical team, they have a lot of very technical players,’ he said. ‘They were unlucky in the last two matches. It is really not very easy to play there.’