Former Chelsea defender tells Chelsea to sign a Van Dijk-like defender as he reveals the best defender at the club

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It has been a decent season for Frank Lampard and Chelsea, as the Blues were able to finish in the top four, and also reached a cup final.

All eyes are on next season, and the pressure will definitely be on Frank Lampard to deliver, especially with top signings already made in Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, with Kai Havertz expected to join soon.

Chelsea’s defence was a key issue all through the season as well as the goalkeeping department. However, former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf has told Chelsea to concentrate on signing a top centre-half in the mould of Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk, and revealed that the best defender at the club currently is Kurt Zouma.

Former Blues star Leboeuf told ESPN FC on the challenge facing Lampard: “[He needs to improve] all of them. That’s the problem.

“The goalkeeper is a big issue, but you have to go to the main [issue]. If you’re looking at the main issue, it’s the central defenders.

“[Kurt] Zouma is doing great, but I’m not confident about [Antonio] Rudiger, I’m not confident about [Andreas] Christensen. I don’t know what will happen with [Fikayo] Tomori, but I think they need a big guy.

“You saw what happened with Liverpool when they got Van Dijk, he changed everything. Even Lovren and Gomez looked better alongside him.

“You need a big guy to make sure he’ll lead the defence. Look at Ramos. [Raphael] Varane is a fantastic player, but is he still the fantastic player when he plays for France as when he plays for Madrid with Sergio Ramos? He’s better with Real Madrid.

“They need a big guy in the centre of defence, yeah.”

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