West Ham United’s dreams of signing Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek anytime soon have faded and died.
Hopes that the Hammers might be able to lure Loftus-Cheek across London this summer seemed to be boosted when the midfielder reacted furiously to being substituted in Chelsea’s Europa League semi-final last week.
The talented 23-year-old powerhouse has only featured 22 times in the Premier League this season, many of those late cameos from the bench.
Hammers long linked with Loftus-Cheek
Speculation has been rife over his and manager Maurizio Sarri’s futures at the club.
The Hammers have been credited with a keen interest in Loftus-Cheek in the last two windows (Daily Mail).
The England star reacted furiously to being unexpectedly withdrawn by Sarri in that semi-final.
It came after he scored a superb goal during a man of the match display against Eintracht Frankfurt.
The substitution was met with a chorus of boos from Chelsea fans who chanted ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’ at the Italian manager.
Furious reaction to substitution sparked hope
Loftus-Cheek was then pictured by TV cameras looking disconsolate on the Chelsea bench.
But any hopes West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini had of forging a frightening England midfield partnership of Loftus-Cheek and Declan Rice are dead in the water.
That’s after Loftus-Cheek suffered a ruptured Achilles in a post-season friendly game in the USA.
Chelsea have confirmed the injury requires surgery and it is expected to keep Loftus-Cheek out for the best part of a year.
Hammers dreams fade and die as star requires surgery
It is the same injury sustained by Hammers star Andriy Yarmolenko.
The Ukrainian has been out ever since his injury in October. But he made a return to light training before the end of the season which will give Loftus-Cheek hope.
Whether West Ham could have pulled off the signing we will perhaps now never know.
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