RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK has teamed up with Burberry to become a fashion model – with former France president Nicolas Sarkozy's wife Carla Bruni sitting on his knee during the shoot.
The Chelsea and England star, 23, used his down-time during injury to pose for Burberry's Christmas fashion line.
Loftus-Cheek opened up to GQ Magazine about his injury hell – and what modelling for Burberry meant to him.
Speaking about branching out into the world of modelling, the midfielder revealed it was a good way to kill the time as he was sidelined by his awful Achilles injury.
Loftus-Cheek told GQ: "It was amazing to work with Burberry; a British brand with the best quality of clothing and style.
"The first word that comes to mind when I think of Burberry is “class”. So to be involved with such a brand is great.
"I have never actually thought about working with a fashion brand before Burberry approached me. I have only worked with adidas since being a professional footballer.
"So the opportunity to expand into the fashion world with Burberry was exciting. When the opportunity came knocking I couldn’t turn the experience down.
"Being injured at the time, it was a good way to use some of my free time."
During the photoshoot, Loftus-Cheek got to work closely with supermodel Bruni – the wife of ex-French president Sarkozy.
On the experience, RLC revealed: "I enjoyed shooting this campaign – taking a few shots with Carla Bruni was a bonus!
"It’s amazing to work with someone who is at the top of the world at what they do – you could see the love for what Riccardo [Tisci, fashion designer] does."
We could see a lot more of Loftus-Cheek the model, too – after he revealed he feels a change in his fashion just around the corner now he's getting older.
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