Antonio Rudiger’s Chelsea future up in the air after Frank Lampard’s latest snub

Antonio Rudiger's future at Chelsea is in doubt after the defender was omitted from the match day squad for the Blues' 2-0 loss at the hands of reigning champions Liverpool.

Rudiger was also an unused substitute when Chelsea beat Brighton in their opening game of the season, suggesting his future is under threat.

Manager Frank Lampard has opted to start Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen ahead of Rudiger so far this season and the experienced Thiago Silva will soon be available to make his debut.

Rudiger was key to Chelsea luring in-demand forward Timo Werner to the club, with the pair firm friends after playing alongside each other for Stuttgart and the German national team.

"At the time when it was not clear I was coming here and I spoke to the manager and other members of the club, it was important," Werner said.

"He has a different outlook from the manager. A guy inside the team who can tell me a bit about the team, how the staff are around [the club], the team-mates, the feeling in the team. Is everybody good with each other?

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"He said it’s fun to play here, it’s a big club who want to win and who can win because they have the facilities for this. For this he was really important.

"He helped me a lot when I had here my first days and I didn’t understand when the manager spoke fast in English. ‘Sometimes I don’t get everything. It’s good to have a guy who speaks your language.

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"I don’t know how to say the bills, but you know the letters when they come from the Westminster, or the Government, something like that. Sometimes it is very hard English.

"Also Toni gave me some tips about the congestion charge is it? I never knew about it and it was important he helped me otherwise I would be getting a bill everyday."

Despite helping sell Werner the Chelsea dream, Rudiger's own future now seems uncertain.

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