Paul Merson has warned that Antonio Rudiger’s exit can be a “large loss” for Chelsea FC subsequent season.
The German defender is expected to leave the Blues and sign for Real Madrid this summer season, together with his present contract with the south west London aspect set to run out on the finish of the season.
Rudiger has been a continuing fixture within the Chelsea FC workforce since having signed for the Blues from AS Roma again in the summertime of 2017.
The centre-half has gained the Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League throughout his time with the Blues and has began 30 of Chelsea FC’s 34 video games within the Premier League this season.
Chelsea FC are presently working beneath the restrictions positioned on them by the British authorities, that means that their switch exercise is presently on maintain.
Former Arsenal and England star Merson has warned that the lack of Rudiger this summer season can be an enormous blow to the Blues, who’re additionally anticipated to see fellow defender Andreas Christensen go away on a free switch.
Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Merson stated: “Chelsea want our bodies on the again.
“Antonio Rudiger’s gone on a free, Andreas Christensen’s going to go too, they’ve acquired Thiago Silva who’s excellent, they usually’ve acquired two youngsters in Malang Sarr and Trevoh Chalobah who’re very gifted, however it’s going to be arduous to play them week-in, week-out.
“Rudiger can be a large loss, I can’t specific how huge that’s going to be. In the event that they performed a 4 on the again, he wouldn’t be missed.
“He can solely go and play someplace in a 3, for me, he jogs my memory of a David Luiz he’ll go and chase the ball, shut down, exit of place however in a 3 he can go and take that likelihood.”
Merson additionally stated that he expects the Blues to stay with striker Romelu Lukaku regardless of his patchy type this season.
“Chelsea haven’t acquired a lot selection however to maintain going with Lukaku,” he added. “They’re getting offered, they haven’t acquired any cash, they’ll’t be shopping for individuals for £100m and promoting them for half that. That ain’t occurring.
“For me, I believe he’ll be staying there, and hopefully he kicks on subsequent season.”
Chelsea FC, who misplaced 1-0 to Everton final weekend, will return to motion on Saturday once they host Wolves at Stamford Bridge.
As issues stand, Thomas Tuchel’s aspect are third within the desk and three factors forward of fourth-placed Arsenal with 4 video games left to play this season.