Chelsea defender left out of matchday squad amid deadline day transfer speculation

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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has been left out of Chelsea’s matchday squad to face Crystal Palace later on this afternoon with speculation mounting that the German could be set for a deadline day exit.

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Rudiger, 27, joined Chelsea in 2017 from Italian side AS Roma in a move which cost the Blues £31.5m as per TransferMarkt and has since gone onto feature in 115 matches in all competitions for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.

The pacey centre-back has fallen out-of-favour at Stamford Bridge in recent times with Lampard seemingly preferring a defensive partnership of Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma.

According to leading journalist David Ornstein, the German defender could be set for a transfer deadline day move after he has left out of his side’s matchday squad to face Crystal Palace later this afternoon.

It is not yet known if Chelsea will seek a replacement however, having spent upwards of £200m already, it is unlikely the Blues’ spending spree will continue.

However, with just three days left in this summer’s transfer window with Monday’s 11pm deadline fast approaching, if Chelsea are to offload Rudiger they will need to act quickly.

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  1. Frank Lampard needs a vibrant Director of Sports, considering his shocking transfer decisions of late. If Lampard is left as presently, he may make Chelsea not benefit from the excellent transfer accomplishments in the transfer market. He is showing so much naivety in some of the players he is putting up for loans or transfers. He requires a competent Director of Sports to giude him and compare notes. His performance so far this season is so baffling and suggests the assignment at Chelsea is huge for him at this moment of his managerial career.

  2. Lampard will surely regret his stubbornness by allow our best defender to leave he will be soon getting sack letter mark my words the board should stop him from this and allow tomori or Christiansen to leave on loan instead of rudiger and make sure they get thomas partey from athletico madrid and make sure they sign said benrahmon from Brentford or Memphis depay to solve the wing problem incase if ziyech and pulisic is injured

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