Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been warned against selling Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger because the German international is Chelsea’s best defender.
Rudiger made 26 appearances for Chelsea under Lampard last season with injuries hampering his minutes on the pitch but is yet to make an appearance for the Blues this season.
The German is reportedly keen on leaving Chelsea with Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain interested in signing him.
According to former Scotland and West Ham midfielder Don Hutchinson, Rudiger is Chelsea’s best defender and Lampard will be making a mistake if he lets Rudiger leave the club.
“Personally I think it’s a mistake as I think he’s Chelsea’s best defender,” he told ESPN.
“But the only thing is, looking at his injury record he’s had three operations on his knees in the last four years, one was an ACL.
“So you don’t know behind the scenes, even though age is with him, he’s only 27 and is bang in his prime, Frank and the medical staff will know how durable he is.
“When I look at Chelsea and I look at all the players they’ve got like Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, [Fikayo] Tomori, Thiago Silva, when I look at them I think their best defender is Antonio Rudiger.
“He’s reliable every single week, but for some reason [he’s not wanted], maybe it’s a personal problem and he’s got too much of a voice in the dressing room, or it’s that he’s been playing with these injuries.”