Frank Lampard refuses to rule out the exits of Hudson-Odoi & Rudiger this summer

Lampard on Hudson-Odoi and Rudiger

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has refused to rule out Toni Rudiger and Callum Hudson-Odoi leaving the club this transfer window.

Rudiger is open to leaving with Paris Saint Germain reportedly interested after he was left out of Chelsea’s team to face Liverpool on Sunday.




Bayern have also renewed their interest in Hudson-Odoi although Chelsea would not allow him leave while Christian Pulisic is out injured and the winger will start in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

Hudson-Odoi needs minutes to get back to full fitness after injury and seeing his form drop after his break into the England set-up but he seems unlikely to join another Premier League side.

Lampard was asked if either player could leave Chelsea in this window and he said: “I’m going to skirt around that question. It remains to be seen.

“We’re not in a period where the transfer window or market is acting like it has done in recent years in terms of how players move or what level they move at. Again the competitive games have just started.




“I’m very open to those conversations with the players as the next couple of weeks go on.

“My priority will always be making sure I maintain and keep the strongest squad I can for this club but after that of course the individual conversations will happen within that.




“I will try and make sure I go into the season once the window shuts with the squad that I feel is healthy and competitive in a healthy way.”

Lampard added: “You say the players we’ve got in his position. At the moment we have Christian Pulisic injured, Hakim Ziyech injured.

“We played Timo Werner out wide the other day, but the absolute natural winger who is fit at the minute is Callum.

“We know in a Premier League squad and the number of games we’re going to play, we need competition in those areas, back-ups in those areas and players competing to make that position their own.

“That’s where Callum is at and that’s why I keep saying he needs to train, he needs to show in training every day and when he gets his opportunity in games, which he will have tomorrow because he will play against Barnsley.




“He has to show in every minute, on and off the ball, what he can do for the team and that’s the position Callum is at at the minute.

“He’s had an early breakthrough in his career because of his talent, he’s had an injury and now I want to see him flourish again.”

JB

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