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Antonio Rüdiger ‘set to leave’ Chelsea; PSG interested — reports

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The odd man out

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After being practically undroppable last season — he started all but five games in all competitions after recovering from his knee and groin injuries in mid-December — and playing a role in convincing Timo Werner to join, Antonio Rüdiger’s Chelsea career suddenly looks all but over. He’s “set to leave”, according to multiple reports, including the “EXCLUSIVE” from the Mail and the Telegraph, and probably others, too.

The 27-year-old has failed to feature in either of the first two games of the season, and didn’t even make the bench in the second of those, and he’s apparently not going to play today either.

With Lampard not ruling out potential exits for the likes of Rüdiger (and Hudson-Odoi?) before the October 5 deadline in yesterday’s press conference, Toni looks to be the odd man out in the center back group that has one too many players. Fikayo Tomori looked set to be the one leaving, but just like last summer (sorry, Everton, again!), he now looks set to be staying in favor of an older, more veteran option (last summer that man out was David Luiz).

As far as where Rüdiger might be going, PSG are apparently ready with a loan, though Chelsea would probably prefer to sell a player with just two years left on his contract. Other suitors are expected to emerge now that Chelsea have made him available.