'A big miss': Graeme Le Saux claims that Chelsea are losing a really 'talented' player this summer

Graeme Le Saux thinks Antonio Rudiger is going to be a huge miss to Chelsea moving forward.

Rudiger, 29, has closed the curtains on five years at Stamford Bridge.

Real Madrid have already confirmed the signing of the German defender on a free transfer this summer, which is quite the signal intent after winning both La Liga and the Champions League this season.

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Rudiger a huge miss to Chelsea

It’s quite alarming for Blues supporters to look ahead to the next campaign without their talisman in defence.

Thomas Tuchel’s defence massively relied on Rudiger on the left of the back three, so there’s now a colossal hole to fill in the starting XI.

Ex-Chelsea player Le Saux watched the centre-back in action last night during Germany’s 1-1 home draw against England in the Nations League.

He’s worried his former club are losing a really “talented” defender.

“He’s going to be a big miss for them, not just the way he plays, but his personality off the pitch as well as on it,” Le Saux said on Channel 4’s coverage of Germany vs England (8:10pm, 7 June).

“He is always determined, plays the game with a twinkle in his eye, is a hugely competitive player and talented as well.”

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Dressing room impact

It’s going to be interesting to see how much Rudiger’s exit will impact the rest of the Chelsea group.

For certain, he was one of the most popular and important members of the squad during Tuchel’s reign.

Mason Mount recently described it as a “pleasure” to play with him over the years. Jorginho said the Blues are really going to miss him, too.

He’s a fiery character that’s always been the first on the scene during any bust-ups on the pitch, so it’s time for some more leaders and individuals to step up around the place.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.