Paul Merson identifies who to blame for Antonio Rudiger’s Chelsea exit

Paul Merson accepts Antonio Rudiger’s departure from Chelsea can be accused on former manager, Frank Lampard.

The German is set to join Real Madrid on a free move toward the finish of the campaign in the wake of dismissing the club’s proposal to turn into their most paid defender.

Writing in his section for Sky Sports, Merson laid the fault for Rudiger’s exit at Lampard’s door.

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“Losing Rudiger to Real Madrid is going to break Chelsea’s heart – but his mind was made up 18 months ago with the way he was treated by Lampard,” he wrote.

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“He got completely binned out the team by Lampard and I think that left a lasting effect on Rudiger. That’s when he decided that he’s not signing a new contract.

“Years ago, if Real Madrid and Barcelona came calling then you went. I don’t see that anymore. Chelsea are as good as Real Madrid, you can see that in the Champions League quarter-final. The Blues had a bad 45 minutes but apart from that, they were a far superior team to Real Madrid.

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“Now Chelsea are letting a £70m-80m defender go on a free transfer and they’re going to bring someone in for £70m who will be nowhere as good as Rudiger.”

Source: EveningStandard

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