Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is being strongly linked with a departure from Stamford Bridge in the remainder of the summer transfer window.

According to the Mail, the 27-year-old has been left out of the Blues squad on Wednesday night to face Barnsley in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

It is claimed that the German’s time in West London may be drawing to a close and it’s increasingly likely he will now leave in the next couple of weeks before the window shuts.

The report explains that French champions Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing him, but a season-long loan looks the more likely scenario.

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Rudiger, who moved to Chelsea for £29million (BBC) back in July 2017, has been a regular in the starting XI during his time at the club when he’s not been sidelined through injury.

The centre-back appears to have fallen down the pecking order now though under current manager Frank Lampard, who has five options to pick from in the heart of defence.

He is currently competing alongside Thiago Silva, Fikayo Tomori, Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma for one of two starting positions.

Rudiger is an experienced defender that on his day is a real powerhouse and leader at the back, but he’s struggled with inconsistent form at times and injury problems too.

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