Chelsea ‘willing to listen to offers for centre backs Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori’

Chelsea ‘willing to listen to offers for out-of-favour centre backs Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori in January’ as Frank Lampard looks to trim number of defenders in first-team squad

  • Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori are struggling for minutes at Chelsea
  • Frank Lampard is persevering with a pairing of Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma 
  • Rudiger is keen to play regularly so he can make Germany’s Euro 2020 squad
  • Newcastle are reportedly keen on taking Tomori on a loan deal next month 

Chelsea are reportedly open to selling centre backs Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori in January. 

The centre backs have played just one Premier League game each so far this season, with Frank Lampard persevering with the partnership of veteran Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma. 

With Rudiger eyeing a spot in Germany’s squad for next summer’s European Championships and Tomori keen to kickstart his first-team career again, Lampard is open to allowing both players to leave the club next month, according to ESPN

Fikayo Tomori has fallen down the defensive pecking order at Stamford Bridge

Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori could be allowed to leave Chelsea in the January window 

Frank Lampard is keen to trim down the amount of defenders he has in his first-team squad

Frank Lampard is keen to trim down the amount of defenders he has in his first-team squad

The report details that Lampard is keen to reduce the number of defenders in his first-team squad. 

Rudiger looked set to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer but despite reported interest from Roma and Barcelona, the 27-year-old stayed put. 

Germany boss Joachim Low recently admitted that Rudiger is still looking to leave Chelsea in order to play regular football. 

‘I was in constant contact with Rudiger, he was keeping me in the loop,’ Low said.

‘He had three or four options over the weekend but unfortunately nothing materialised – he can try again in the winter.

‘He tried everything to leave Chelsea because the European Championship is very important to him.

Germany boss Joachim Low has revealed that Rudiger tried to leave Chelsea in the summer

Germany boss Joachim Low has revealed that Rudiger tried to leave Chelsea in the summer

‘I think he’ll try to leave again in the winter. He’s doing everything he can to stay in his best form.’

As for Tomori, who also played under Lampard on loan at Derby in the 2018-19 season, a loan move may be a realistic option for the 22-year-old. 

After being handed his chance under Lampard early last season, Tomori has fallen down the pecking order and Newcastle are one club keeping an eye on his situation. 

Should both Rudiger and Tomori leave in January, that would leave Andreas Christensen as the only back-up centre half. 

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