Chelsea boss Frank Lampard offers olive branch to ostracised star after crunch meeting

Frank Lampard is ready to bring Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger in from the cold, it has been claimed. The German centre-back has fallen down the pecking order this season, playing second fiddle to Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen.

The former Roma man fell further down the line following the summer arrival of Brazilian centre-back Thiago Silva.

The writing appeared to be on the wall for Rudiger as he was left out of six of Chelsea’s first seven games of the new season.

Chelsea’s London rivals Tottenham were interested in acquiring the defender’s services on loan, as well as French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

A move away from Stamford Bridge, however, never materialised for the 27-year-old – who understandably had concerns over his playing time in west London.

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Frank Lampard has reportedly decided to give Antonio Rudiger more game time

But according to reports, Rudiger will soon be given more game time.

The Daily Mail claim the German will feature more regularly following “constructive talks” with Blues boss Frank Lampard.

It’s said Rudiger’s desire to leave the west Londoners stemmed solely from his eagerness to play regular first-team football and not because of any issue with his manager.

Although Lampard reportedly intends to make use of Rudiger’s services on a regular basis, the Germany international could still move on to pastures new in January should he not be satisfied with his role at Stamford Bridge.

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Lampard’s decision to ostracize Rudiger perplexed his former Chelsea team-mate Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink, who said: “They’ve all made mistakes but for me their best centre-back is Rudiger.

“At the end of last season he didn’t have his best spell, he was out of the team, but if you look at a whole season he has done the best.

“He normally smells danger and clears it up. For Rudiger not to have played yet, something is going on.”

Chelsea will be back in action on Wednesday night, travelling to Russia to take on FC Krasnodar in their second Champions League Group E match.

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