sport news Costly mistakes and injury problems mean Lampard wants Rudiger gone

What will that poor kid do with his Chelsea shirt now? Antonio Rudiger's arrival in July 2017 was infamous, with the club creating an announcement video that cannot be forgotten.

It started with a young fan entering the club shop and asking for 'Rudiger' on the back of his shirt. 'You can't have the name of someone who hasn't signed yet,' explains his father, saying he should get David Luiz (oops) or Eden Hazard (double oops) instead.

The helpful shop assistant says she'll see what she can do and so pops into a pitch-black stockroom, where a kitted-out Rudiger happens to be stood.

Antonio Rudiger looks likely to leave Chelsea before the summer transfer window closes

Antonio Rudiger looks likely to leave Chelsea before the summer transfer window closes

Frank Lampard has left the Germany international defender out his last two matchday squads

Frank Lampard has left the Germany international defender out his last two matchday squads

'No problem,' he says, smiling and offering two thumbs up. 'I'm a Chelsea player now.'

Not for long. Rudiger is now on his way out, three years after joining from Roma for £29million.

Fit again but absent from Frank Lampard's last two squads, he is considering his options ahead of October 5's deadline, with Ligue 1 Paris-Saint Germain among the potential suitors.

Lampard doesn't fancy him, though he is not the first Chelsea manager to drop the defender.

previously axed Rudiger from his match-day squad for a trip to Southampton as punishment for publicly questioning his tactics in a 1-1 draw with West Ham.

Lampard's other supposed reasons for wanting to go in a different direction range from his unfortunate history of injuries to an infuriating display in a 3-2 defeat at the London Stadium. 

Rudiger's unveiling video starred a young boy wanting to have Rudiger on the back of his shirt

Rudiger's unveiling video starred a young boy wanting to have Rudiger on the back of his shirt

Rudiger appeared in the club shop's storage cupboard, announcing he had signed

Rudiger appeared in the club shop's storage cupboard, announcing he had signed

Not everyone agrees with Lampard's judgement. The top-rated comment on Sportsmail's story about Rudiger's absence against Barnsley on Wednesday night was telling: 'If he goes and calamity (Andreas) Christensen stays, something is very wrong at the Bridge.'

You do wonder what Kai Havertz and Timo Werner make of this, too.

'Agent Rudiger', as he was nicknamed, spoke to both of his Germany team-mates before they signed and the Berlin-born centre back has helped them settle to life in London, too.

At 27, Rudiger ought to be a player in his prime. But his history of knee injuries is

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