Chelsea box-to-box midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has reportedly emerged as a surprise target for AC Milan.
Despite having now reached 26 years of age, Loftus-Cheek has only made a total of 132 games for the Blues in all competitions since coming through the teams academy setup.
However, as well as missing close to an entire campaign due to an Achilles injury, the midfielder has also spent periods on loan at Crystal Palace and Fulham.
Despite numerous spells away from the Blues first team, Loftus-Cheek has established himself under Tuchel and newly appointed boss Graham Potter.
As many as 50 appearences have come since the beginning of 2021-22, by far the most productive stint of his Blues career in terms of game time.
According to Calciomercato, AC Milan have taken note of Loftus-Cheek’s recent progression and registered an interest in his services.
The report suggests that Milan chiefs Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara told their West London giants counterparts that they were admirers of the England international as recently as last week.
Nevertheless, it is believed that the Blues indicated that they had no desire to part ways with Loftus-Cheek for the foreseeable future.
That stance is believed to remain the same until the Blues are able to determine whether one of their longest-serving players wishes to extend his deal past 2024.
While there have been no reports regarding negotiations having begun, new manager Potter may indicate to the board that he wishes to tie Loftus-Cheek down to a new contract.
He has featured in each of Potter’s five games since his arrival at Stamford Bridge, including playing for the full 90 minutes as the Blues defeated Milan by a 3-0 scoreline on October 5.
Although he only played 28 minutes of the reverse fixture at San Siro on Tuesday night, Potter has made a point of rotating his players in an attempt to keep them fresh over the coming month.
In total, Chelsea midfielder has made seven starts and four substitute appearances during 2022-23, his one assist coming in the first match versus Milan.