Antonio Rudiger is reportedly considering his future at Chelsea after being left out of the matchday squad for Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool.
The 27-year-old made 20 Premier League appearances under Frank Lampard last season but has found himself behind in the pecking order since the start of the new season.
He was on the bench during Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Brighton on 14 September but didn’t even make that against Liverpool as younger centre-back option Fikayo Tomori got the nod instead.
Speaking about his decision, Lampard told Chelsea’s official website: “We now have five centre-halves at the club and I can’t pick a squad that has three of them on the bench – so that’s the way it is.
“I have to pick the squad from training and different situations and that was a selection one today.”
Lampard backed his decision and said he was delighted with Tomori’s display in the second half.
“He [Tomori] hasn’t played for a while and has been struggling with fitness like most of the squad but I was delighted with him,” Lampard added.
Thiago Silva’s arrival could push Rudiger into fifth choice and, according to a report from Sky Sports, he is now reviewing his options.
The report said Rudiger wants regular football to ensure a place in the Germany squad for next year’s Euros.
Given the busy fixture schedule this season, Lampard will certainly want as many centre-back options as possible.
With only two years left on Rudiger’s contract, however, it makes sense for Chelsea to consider cashing in on him should he ask to leave.