Chelsea star ‘sad’, shocked at Lampard snub as Prem loan gathers pace

Date published: Saturday 26th September 2020 7:04

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger feels “sad” and “surprised” about his early-season snub by boss Frank Lampard, according to a report.

Rudiger has not featured for the Blues yet this season, featuring on the bench in the 3-1 win at Brighton. Since then, however, he has not made the squad for his side’s two recent games.

Lampard insisted on Wednesday that the decision would not definitively lead to the German‘s exit. However, he did admit that there could still be movement for some of his players.

Previous reports have suggested that Paris Saint-Germain and Roma are two potential destinations for Rudiger.

Goal backs up those claims, reporting that PSG see the centre-back as a “low-cost” option that fits in with their budget.

As previously outlined, Goal adds that Roma see Rudiger as their plan B to Chris Smalling. The Serie A side are currently haggling with Manchester United over the 30-year-old’s fee.

However, the latest report also claims that the idea of a Premier League move is not lost on Rudiger. The 27-year-old would be open to staying in England, having recently started a family.

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It remains unclear which top-flight side could be an option for Rudiger, although Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is a firm admirer of his teammate Fikayo Tomori.

In any case, Rudiger reportedly feels “surprised” at his recent lack of action, as well as “sad” that he does not feature in Lampard’s plans.

Barcelona have also shown initial interest, but their priority is a move for Eric Garcia. Pep Guardiola has confirmed that the Manchester City centre-back will not sign a new contract.

Lampard refuses to rule out more signings

In Friday’s press conference, Lampard refused to say whether Chelsea have finished their transfer spending spree.

The Blues have laid out over £200million in recent months, with Edouard Mendy the most recent acquisition.

However Lampard could not give a definitive answer when questioned on whether his side will now cut back their spending.

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