A number of Chelsea players have been adversely impacted so far in the season as a result of the club’s major squad revamp.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard seems to have found his ideal pairing in the heart of defence, in the shape of Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva. The duo has started majority of the side’s fixtures this season and their resurgent form has seen several players miss out on crucial minutes, including Antonio Rudiger, who has started just once this season in the Premier League.
The central defender was linked with leaving the club during the summer, but a transfer did not materialize as the Blues were hesitant in letting him go. While the German has struggled to make a breakthrough into the side this season, he is a great player and adds much-needed depth to the squad during the busier phases of the campaign.
Express now claims that the player is unhappy with his situation at the club and has spoken about potentially leaving in the winter, although his words were only passive.
I can’t be satisfied with my situation, but the fight has been accepted. What will happen in January is a long way off. I’m completely relaxed.
Rudiger, at 27, needs to play more regularly and although he did mention that he is relaxed about the situation, he mentioned his frustration at the lack of playing time.
Lampard would ideally want to hold onto Rudiger’s services at least until the end of the season, but the player’s role in the squad simply does not make it a feasible perspective. With the European Championship just a few months away, it is clear that the player wants to get into Joachim Low’s good books and earn a call, but he needs minutes.
Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham Hotspur have all shown interest in signing the former Roma defender, and given how the last couple of months have panned out, they will come back knocking on the west Londoners’ door. Barca and Spurs are likely to guarantee him minutes, so it will be difficult for Chelsea to keep him at bay for much longer.