Chelsea are believed to be prepared to allow Antonio Rudiger to spend the season on loan at Tottenham.
But only if the German defender signs a one-year contract extension first.
Rudiger, who has 18 months left on his current deal, has been frozen out at Stamford Bridge, with Frank Lampard dropping him firmly down the pecking order at centre-back.
According to the Evening Standard, the Germany international has been told he is surplus to requirements by Lampard, paving his way out out of the club.
Tottenham could be his next destination, with Jose Mourinho desperate to land a new centre-back before the end of the transfer window.
Antonio Rudiger is yet to feature for Chelsea this year
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Despite their fiery encounters on the pitch, Spurs and Chelsea are thought to have established a good relationship at boardroom level.
And a switch for Rudiger could on the cards, but only if the Blues manage to get him to extend his deal for another year to ensure he can’t go on the cheap at the end of the loan deal.
Frank Lampard has reportedly told Rudiger he is surplus to requirements
Rudiger was omitted from the Chelsea’s squad for the Carabao Cup defeat to Spurs on Tuesday night.
Reports have since claimed that he refused to play in the clash, and is now pushing for an exit from the club.
Lampard did not elaborate on the matter though after his team were knocked out of the cup on penalties.
When asked if he thinks Rudiger’s time at the Blues is up, Lampard said: “No, it’s not at that point.”
Lampard’s recent comments on Rudiger echo those he made about the 27-year-old earlier this week.
“I wouldn’t assume anything,” Lampard said of Rudiger’s future. “I will make no assumption.”