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Chelsea morning headlines as duo offered in exchange for Declan Rice and Edouard Mendy verdict

Here are your Chelsea morning headlines for Wednesday, 30 September.

Chelsea duo tipped for London switch

Out-of-favour pair Antonio Rudiger and Ruben Loftus-Cheek could find themselves leaving Stamford Bridge before next Monday’s transfer deadline.

The Chelsea duo are reportedly being used as makeweights in a potential deal to lure Declan Rice to West London, according to the Transfer Window Podcast.

Rudiger and Loftus-Cheek have found first-team minutes hard to come by at the beginning of this season, and the 24-year-old Englishman’s performance against Brighton on the opening weekend may have been enough to convince Frank Lampard to let the midfielder go.

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Despite reports Rudiger will be used as a pawn in the Declan Rice deal, the centre-back could dig his heels in and attempt to prove himself to Frank Lampard.

The signing of Thiago Silva has pushed the German down the pecking order at the Bridge.

Lampard happy with Chelsea performance despite defeat

Lampard has praised his players’ efforts but bemoaned Chelsea’s inability to kill the game in their penalty shootout defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last night.

The manager was fulsome in his praise of Chelsea’s overall performance in the Carabao Cup fourth round, paying particular credit to the “fantastic press” which had strangled Spurs for much of the first half.

“We were dominant and we want to score more goals at that point because of the amount of possession. Couple of good chances, Callum had a good chance at the end of the first half,” Lampard said.

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