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Chelsea to let Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori leave in January?

Chelsea are rumoured to let Fikayo Tomori and Antonio Rudiger leave permanently or on loan in the January transfer window.

The Blues have currently 5 centre-backs in the lineup with only Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva being the regulars. Andreas Christensen remains the third choice rotational option at Stamford Bridge.

David Alaba is also being linked to join Chelsea. Hence, Tomori and Rudiger may be looking to play as a regular in some other club.

Fikayo Tomori at Chelsea:

Fikayo Tomori made his professional debut in a 1-1 draw against the then Premier League champions Leicester City on 15 May 2016. He has scored 1 goal in 17 matches for the Pensioners.

The 22-year-old centre back had loan spells at Brighton & Hove Albion, Hull City and then Derby County.

His best moment was the wonderful long-ranger against Wolverhampton Wanderers in a 2-5 win. He has been a great potential player but is currently getting very less playing time at Chelsea.

For Derby County, he scored 1 goal in 44 appearances. He is one of the promising defenders at such an early age. Tomori hasn’t featured for a professional match since September 29 this season.

He had an offer from West Ham United in recent summer transfer window but he backed off. He justified that he would like to learn more and get more experience at such a big club.

“I made the decision in the end to stay, to improve more, get some more games, gain some more experience and try and get to the levels I was at last season.”

– Fikayo Tomori

The manager Frank Lampard doesn’t mind letting him stay.

“I’ve got no problem with Fikayo. I rely on him. That’s clear from when I took him to Derby and how I handled him last year. He’s been a fantastic player for me.”

– Frank Lampard

Antonio Rudiger, also facing lack of playing time:

Antonio Rudiger, who came from AS Roma, had some wonderful time with Chelsea. He even impressed in the last 4-0 away win against Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League.

However, a few big European clubs are looking to sign him and 27-year old centre-back is expected to leave the Blues.

He had also played a big role in bringing fellow Germans Kai Havertz and Timo Werner to London. However, it’s unsure whether both Tomori and Rudiger would leave Chelsea due to the injuries that the club might encounter in the upcoming tight schedule.

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