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Sammut happy to escape the Blues 'bubble' and show what he can do for Falkirk

New Falkirk midfielder Ruben Sammut insists playing in the Ladbrokes Championship will accelerate his development more than rubbing shoulders with the likes of Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas.

The 20-year-old joined the Bairns on a season-long loan deal on Tuesday and the Scotland under-21 cap reckons he needed to get out of the Blues “bubble” he has been in since he was eight.

Summut captained the Stamford Bridge side’s under-23s last season and has regularly trained alongside Antonio Conte’s first-team squad.

But the youngster hopes his first foray into competition football will be the making of him.

He said: “All I’ve known is Chelsea because I’ve been there since I was eight and I guess it is good to get out of my comfort zone – it’s going to be a real test and I’m looking forward to that as well.

“Over the last two or three seasons, you get more and more training time with the first team so I’ve done that on a number of occasions and that alone is a good experience, but I think properly stepping into the men’s game, training and playing matches week-in, week-out is the best way to develop me as a player.

“At Chelsea with all the faculties and stuff you’re almost in a bubble, and I feel it’s time to get out and experience real football.

“I’m really happy, it’s a massive opportunity for me – it’s my first loan and I’m coming back up to Scotland.

“I’m going to try and make a name for myself, play well and I think it will be a really good kick-start for my career.”

Sammut, whose mum comes from Kirkcaldy, admits just being able to watch the Chelsea stars train is inspiring.

He said: “A lot of them don’t say much but they lead by example with the way they train and the way they are. It shows you what that level is that you have to aspire to.

“The core English lads like Danny Drinkwater, Gary Cahill – they’re really good in terms of speaking to you, there’s [Cesar] Azpilicueta as well.

“But

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'Quality signing’ – fans excited as Chelsea agree deal for highly-rated 20-year-old to join Falkirk

We reported on Tuesday that Chelsea had agreed a deal for highly-rated midfielder Ruben Sammut to join Falkirk on loan next season and supporters on both sides are delighted with the news. The 20-year-old recently signed a contract extension with the Blues and will now hope for first-team football in his native Scotland to continue his development.

Quality signing #COYB

— Ian Brown (@ianbrown908) June 19, 2018

What a signing @falkirkbairns,
Welcome to the club @Ruben_Sammut #coyb

— fergusthefox (@fergusthefox) June 19, 2018

Yes. 👌🏻 pic.twitter.com/1r5IaCtmLa

— Calum 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 (@KenzieCOYB) June 19, 2018

Fine player, methodical, consistent and hard player to get past.

— Nishanth Kumar (@nishu05) June 19, 2018

Got yourselves a bloody superb player there ! #cfc 💙

— WebbyCFC79 (@webbyCFC) June 19, 2018

Sammut had been playing in Chelsea’s reserves who finished eighth in the Premier League 2 last season. He made 22 appearances for the youth side and needs more competitive action to improve. He’ll certainly have a challenge with Falkirk, as the Scottish Championship side finished eighth in the division last season.

Nevertheless, such experience will prove invaluable to the 20-year-old as he’ll learn much more from real league action that he ever would at youth level. His chances of featuring in Chelsea’s midfield in the future are slim, however, given the Blues boast N’Golo Kante, Tiémoué Bakayoko, Cesc Fabregas, Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barkley, but he could put himself in the shop window for another side next season.

Chelsea fans who have seen him in the reserve team believe he has great potential and could do well at Falkirk.

Stats from Transfermarkt.

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Official: Chelsea youngster Ruben Sammut joins Falkirk on season-long loan

The 2017-18 season ended officially one month and one day ago when Chelsea beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final, and judging by the lack of any substantial transfer activity — or any at all in fact — at the club, you could be forgiven for thinking that Chelsea are asleep at the wheel. That’s doubly true if we compared the men’s team to the Chelsea Women, who recently signed their third player of the summer already.

But that’s no longer true as on Tuesday, the first new loan move of the 2018-19 season has been confirmed! Chelsea U23 captain Ruben Sammut, 20, has joined Falkirk of the Scottish Championship on loan for the season. Transfer season is officially open!

Chelsea did submit retained and released lists to the Premier League last month, which included 10 players who are or will be leaving for free this summer. That includes Harvey St Clair who chose to sign with Serie B side Venezia. St Clair was born in London but capped for Scotland at youth level and had been at Chelsea since before age 8, but he chose to deviate from the usual development path and loan madness.

Fellow Scotland international Ruben Sammut has not. Instead, he’s signed a new one-year contract and joined the Scottish second division outfit. Sammut was also born in England but has represented Scotland at youth level and has been at Chelsea since before age 8.

Good luck, Ruben!

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