Premier League Legend Blames Frank Lampard For Antonio Rudiger’s Likely Exit

“Chelsea are going to miss Antonio Rudiger when he goes because it will take £60-70m to replace him,” former Arsenal star Paul Merson wrote in his Daily Star column.

“Rudiger is definitely leaving. If he wanted to sign a new contract he would have done it by now. There’s no chance he stays now.

“But it’s not Thomas Tuchel’s fault. I think he made his mind up to go when Frank Lampard had him out of the team.

“And even though he’s been phenomenal since Tuchel brought him back in, and they won the Champions League, Rudiger hasn’t forgotten.

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“Teams will be queuing round the block now to sign him, and someone will pay him a lorryload of money to join them.

“He’s been one of Chelsea’s two best players all season for me and he won’t be easy to replace – but Tuchel should already be thinking about who to go for.”

Rudiger’s contract with the Blues expires next summer and it looks increasingly likely he’ll leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer.

A nailed-on starter under Thomas Tuchel, Toni was a back-up player under Lampard, making just 26 appearances in the 2019-20 season, Frank’s only full campaign in charge of Chelsea.

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