By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has signed a new five-year Chelsea contract, the club confirmed on Monday afternoon.

The England Under-21 midfielder has agreed the terms of a deal that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2021.

It will replace his current agreement, which was due to expire in the summer of 2017, after Loftus-Cheek accepted that the conditions are in place for him to become the first player in a generation to make the leap from the academy to regular first-teamer.

Loftus-Cheek has been at Chelsea since the age of eight, with his arrival even pre-dating the Frank Arnesen years when the club’s academy went on an aggressive programme of recruitment under their former Danish director of football.

“I’m delighted to sign a new contract at Chelsea and my focus is on working hard in training every day in order to push on and establish myself in the team,” Loftus-Cheek told the Chelsea website. “It really means a lot because this shows the club believe in me so I’m really happy.

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“The club have done so much for me since I started here as an Under-8 and now I want to repay the faith they’ve shown in me with my performances on the pitch.”

Guus Hiddink will be appointed caretaker Chelsea manager until the end of the season
Centre court: Hiddink is an admirer of midfielder Loftus-Cheek

Former boss Jose Mourinho called into question Loftus-Cheek’s work-rate after substituting him at half-time on one occasion.

Since Mourinho’s departure, Loftus-Cheek has scored his first senior goal for the club and he has made nine first-team appearances in total this season.

In other Chelsea news, Pedro is a doubt for the club’s Champions League showdown against Paris Saint-Germain next week.