Why Chelsea Should Not Even Think About Selling Antonio Rudiger

Chelsea have been warned against selling Antionio Rudiger by former player, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Several clubs have submitted their bids for the 27-year-old who has fallen out of favour under Frank Lampard.

He was even absent during Chelsea’s Carabao Cup meeting with Tottenham, effectively becoming their fifth choice centre-back for the season. West Ham and Tottenham were keen on landing him before the window closes but latest reports suggest, a move to PSG is more likely.

Hasselbaink believes Rudiger is still Chelsea’s best option in defence. He was a big hit after signing from AS Roma while Antonio Conte was still in charge. The German’s return from a long injury lay-off has been rather more disappointing than his overall Chelsea career.

“They’ve all made mistakes but for me their best centre-back is Rudiger,” Hasselbaink told Sky Sports.

“At the end of last season he didn’t have his best spell, he was out of the team but if you look at a whole season he has done the best. He normally smells danger and he clears it up. For Rudiger not to have played yet something is going on.”

Lampard remained tight-lipped on the defender’s future after the Spurs defeat. When asked whether Rudiger’s future lies away from Stamford Bridge, the English boss said, “No, it’s not at that point.”

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