Frank Lampard has not disregarded Rudiger and Hudson-Odoi’s move away from Chelsea.
There have been talks of both Blues players exiting Stamford Bridge and when Lampard was questioned about that, he didn’t deny anything.
“I’m going to skirt around that question,” he said. “We’re not in a period where the transfer window is acting like it has done in recent years. The competitive games have just started. I’m very open to those conversations with the players as the next couple of weeks go on.
“My priority will be making sure I maintain the strongest squad I can but after that the individual conversations will happen. I will try and make sure I go into the season once the window shuts with the squad I feel is competitive in a healthy way.”
“We have Christian Pulisic injured, Hakim Ziyech injured,” Lampard said. “We played Timo Werner out wide the other day, but the absolute natural winger who is fit is Callum. We need competition in those areas and players competing to make that position their own.
“That’s where Callum is at and why I keep saying he needs to show in training every day and when he gets his opportunity in games, which he will have against Barnsley. He has to show in every minute, on and off the ball, what he can do for the team. He’s had an early breakthrough in his career because of his talent, he’s had an injury and I want to see him flourish again.”