Lampard gets ‘new signing’ in December

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While every manager is waiting for the January transfer window to sign new players, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has received a ‘new signing’ in December already.

The return of Antonio Rudiger is like a new signing to Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, according to Sky Sports.

Sky Sports on the return of Rudiger: “Just days after receiving the news that they will be allowed to sign players in January, Chelsea got a similar boost on the pitch with Antonio Rudiger’s return to the side in the 2-1 win at Lille.

“Rudiger had only played 45 minutes of first-team football for Chelsea before Tuesday night, but he slotted in like he had never been away. Assured, aggressive and dangerous on the ball, the German’s positioning was spot on throughout, meaning minimal contact with any Lille forward players.

“Though Lille’s goal made for a nervy finish, Rudiger and the brilliant Kurt Zouma had kept them at bay for 90 per cent of the game. Loic Remy’s goal was their first shot on target, and came in the 78th minute.

“This wasn’t Chelsea’s toughest test, but Rudiger’s presence brought a calm to the entire defence. He’s the leader they’ve missed, and now they’ll be desperate to keep him fit.”

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