Hasselbaink warns Lampard against selling Chelsea star Rudiger

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Rudiger is yet to be featured this season (Photo: Getty Images)

Frank Lampard to lose ‘best defender’ if Chelsea boss lets Antonio Rudiger leave club in transfer window, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink warns

The center-back was absent from the Blues squad for a third straight game as Lampard’s squad crashed from the Carabao Cup on penalties against Spurs on Tuesday night.

The 27-year-old fell down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and after the arrival of Thiago Silva Rudiger became the club’s fifth-choice center-back.

Lampard has kept a low profile on Rudiger’s future (Photo: Getty Images)

Many Premier League clubs, including West Ham and Tottenham, are reportedly interested in signing the center-back.

Meanwhile, reports in France claim Rudiger has held talks with Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel over a potential transfer to the French champions.

Chelsea’s defensive problems from last quarter have continued this season, with the Blues conceding six goals in their first three Premier League games.

Former Chelsea striker Hasselbaink believes Rudiger is their best option at center-back and insists something has to happen behind the scenes for him not to play.

“They all made mistakes, but for me their best center-back is Rudiger,” Hasselbaink told Sky Sports.

“At the end of last season he didn’t have his best fate, he was out of the team, but if you look at a whole season he did the best.

“He normally senses danger and clears it up. Something is going on so that Rudiger hasn’t played yet.

Lampard has kept a low profile on the defender’s future following the Spurs loss.

When asked if Rudiger’s future was far from Stamford Bridge, the England boss replied: ‘No it’s not at this point. ”

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