Lampard makes decision on Rudiger after successful heart-to-heart talks with defender

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According to Daily Mail, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is ready to re-integrate Antonio Rudiger into his first-team plans following heart-to-heart talks with the central defender.

The German international’s future at Chelsea appeared to be over after he was left out of the squad for six of the club’s first seven games of the season.

Rudiger looked certain to leave Chelsea in during the summer transfer window, with Paris Saint Germain and Tottenham both interested in taking him on loan but a move never materialised and the 27-year-old stayed at Stamford Bridge.

Daily Mail claim there was never an issue between Lampard and Rudiger, with the boss ready to count on the German international.

Lampard was satisfied enough with Rudiger’s contribution last week to name him as a substitute in the goalless draw against Manchester United on Saturday and the German is likely to keep his place in the squad for Wednesday’s Champions League game in Krasnodar with Lampard permitted to name 12 substitutes.

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