Departing midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has issued an emotional farewell to Chelsea and the club's supporters after it was confirmed his 19 years with the Blues is at an end.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek was with Chelsea from Under-8s level all the way to the men's first-team, graduating from our Academy to make 155 senior appearances, winning the Premier League, Europa League and UEFA Super Cup along the way.
It was announced that the popular figure is leaving the Blues for AC Milan yesterday and the 28-year-old issued the following farewell message:
'I don’t even know where to begin with this. I’ve been at Chelsea since the age of eight and to come through the ranks and play senior football at this club… there’s just no better feeling. I’ve truly gone from being a boy to a man at this club over the last 19 years and it’s hard to say goodbye to so many people that have helped guide and shape me as the person and player I am today.
'It’s always been my dream to play for Chelsea so being able to win the FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth Cup during my days in the Academy, to then making my first-team debut and winning the Premier League and Europa League during my senior career, is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
'I would like to thank everyone associated with Chelsea Football Club who have helped me during my career. To the coaches that I’ve worked with, the backroom staff and my team-mates to the people I’ve seen day-to-day at the training ground over the last 19 years, thank you all.
'To the fans, you’ve supported me and had my back from day one, no words will ever be enough to tell you how much that has meant to my family and I. I wish nothing but the best to everyone here and hope to see the club get back on the right path and winning silverware as soon as possible.
'It’s time for me to begin a new adventure in football, to live in a new country and experience a new culture, but I really do hope our paths will cross again in the future.
'Thank you for everything.'