The Daily Telegraph - Business : 2020-09-21

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3 The Daily Telegraph Monday 21 September 2020 *** Doubts over Rudiger future after omission from squad By Matt Law Antonio Rudiger was left out of the Chelsea squad for yesterday’s visit of Liverpool in a move that could raise question marks over his future. Germany internatio­nal Rudiger was an unused substitute for Chelsea’s opening Premier League victory over Brighton and Hove Albion when Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christense­n played at the centre of defence. With summer signing Thiago Silva to come in, Rudiger has already been effectivel­y relegated to fourth choice. But his exclusion from the squad for the Liverpool game could raise doubts over his future and whether head coach Frank Lampard is looking to offload him. Chelsea have delayed a decision over whether Fikayo Tomori, who has been targeted by Everton, can go out on loan for the season. Lampard will want four centreback­s at the club and will want to be sure that Rudiger will not be a disruptive influence if he is left out. The 27-year-old is thought to have been relaxed about his omission, but will speak to his representa­tives to establish his next move. Rudiger has under two years remaining on his contract, with the club yet to open talks over a possible extension. Arriving from Roma three years ago, Rudiger has establishe­d himself as a popular figure and helped the club land two of their summer signings – Timo Werner and Kai Havertz. On the role of the man fans dubbed “Agent Rudiger”, Werner said: “It’s really important to have people who can speak your language and he helped me a lot in my first days here. “When it was not so clear if I was coming here and I was talking to the manager and members of the club, he was important to me. “To have a guy who was inside the team, he could tell me a bit about the club. He told me it is good and fun to play here, that it’s a big club that wants to win and can win because they have the facilities for that.” edge to exploit Chelsea blunders

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