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Ex-Chelsea man claims Antonio Rudiger is not good enough for the club

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Former Blues goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has claimed Antonio Rudiger should be getting overlooked by Frank Lampard.

Mark Schwarzer insists Antonio Rudiger is not good enough for Chelsea and is surprised the Blues are sanctioning a loan move for Tomori to AC Milan.

Frank Lampard has plenty of defensive options available to him at Stamford Bridge.

Veteran defender Thiago Silva joined the Blues over the summer and has quickly become a key figure in the heart of their defense.

Kurt Zouma has been a go-to selection, but Rudiger has come back into the favor of late.

He has been unable to help Chelsea find the kind of consistency they require in order to mount a Premier League title push, and Schwarzer is of the opinion that Lampard needs to shuffle his pack again.

The ex-Blues goalkeeper told Stadium Astro: “I’m very surprised Rudiger is back in the side because I don’t think he’s that great a defender.”

“I don’t think he’s good enough to play for Chelsea. I think he has had enough opportunities.”

“Yes, last season or the season before he had a lot of injury issues, but I think Kurt Zouma next to Silva is the best combination. They showed a couple of weeks ago how good they are together.”

“They are going to have a dip in form sometimes but I’d look to keep it simple, play a way into form.”

“[Andreas] Christensen, I think, is a good player to have there or thereabouts if you need him. Tomori as well, I would play him ahead of Rudiger. I’m surprised that Tomori is out of the side altogether.”

Tomori is closing in on a loan move to AC Milan and Schwarzer also had his say on that piece of transfer business.

“If he does go there on loan, there is the potential for a buyout clause,” Schwarzer added.

“AC Milan will sign him with that option. He’s a good young player. He’s going to make mistakes but he’s still learning and has the potential to be a really good centre-half.”