N'Golo Kante thinks Ruben Loftus-Cheek is ready to break into the Chelsea first team and make an impact in the Premier League.
The 22-year-old, who started England's friendly victory over Switzerland in midweek, impressed while on loan at Crystal Palace last season, helping keep the Eagles in the Premier League before earning a call-up for England's World Cup squad.
During the transfer window, he opted to remain at Stamford Bridge in an attempt to break into the first team on a regular basis under new boss Maurizio Sarri but so far, he has struggled to do so, playing just 33 minutes of football in two substitute appearances for the Blues this term.
It has led to suggestions that Loftus-Cheek could head back out on loan in January, but Kante, speaking ahead of the Blues' Premier League clash with Chelsea, thinks the Englishman's time will come at Chelsea.
"When I came to Chelsea Ruben was already here and for sure he is a good player," the World Cup winner told Sky Sports. "Now he's in the England squad. He did well last season at Crystal Palace and I think he's ready to play.
"He's played some good games and now it's the manager's decision. We all have the chance to be at Chelsea and to play with some of the best players in the league.
"We can all learn from that but he needs to keep working, to keep improving and I hope it will come at the right time."