Chelsea boss Frank Lampard sends double transfer hint with Barnsley selection

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has dropped a hint that Antonio Rudiger and Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s futures at the club could be numbered.

Neither were in the squad to face Barnsley in the Carabao Cup despite both being fit to play.

Rudiger’s future is up in the air despite the defender reportedly playing a key role in the transfers of both Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.

Loftus-Cheek could be on his way with Lampard having majorly strengthened his midfield options this summer, also bringing in Kai Havertz.

Ross Barkley, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are already ahead of Loftus-Cheek in Lampard’s pecking order while Chelsea started with Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount in the middle against Barnsley, alongside Barkley.

Declan Rice is still wanted by Lampard and the team to compete in the League Cup does hint that Loftus-Cheek could depart.

Chelsea may be in need of recouping some funds following their summer spending spree.

And Lampard has already made it clear to the Chelsea board what he wants, suggesting a few players will leave the club within the next two weeks.

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"I have an idea of what I want," he said.

"I want to make the squad have healthy competition but not to have so many players not competing regularly, feeling like they are out of the squad and not getting the minutes they want.

"These are conversations I will have going forward.

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"It does not mean we are forced in any positions to move players on but conversations will be ongoing in the next couple of weeks.

"My priority will always be making sure I maintain and keep the strongest squad I can at this club.

"After that the individual questions and conversation will happen within that and I will try to make sure I go into the season once the window is shut with the squad that I feel is competitive in a healthy way."

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