Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted several first-team players could be out on the move away from the club. The Blues boss left Antonio Rudiger out of the matchday squad for Liverpool.
Callum Hudson-Odoi, meanwhile, has been linked with a move away from the club after he has made just one start since February 1. The Blues boss refused to tell the names, however, he admitted he will have discussions about player departures soon.
"It remains to be seen," Lampard said. "We’re not in a period where the transfer window or market is acting like it has done in recent years in terms of how players move or what level they move at.
"Competitive games have just started. I’m very open to those conversations with the players as the next couple of weeks go on. My priority will always be making sure I maintain and keep the strongest squad I can for this club but after that, of course, the individual conversations will happen.
"I will try and make sure I go into the season once the window shuts with the squad that I feel is healthy and competitive. There are decisions for me to take, for the club to make and for the players themselves to make.
"That’s the situation now. I want to make the squad have healthy competition but not to have so many players not competing regularly and feeling like they’re out of squads and not getting the minutes they want. Those are very much conversations I will have going forward. It doesn’t mean that we’re forced in any one of those positions or areas to move players on, but those conversations will be ongoing over the next couple of weeks."
On the other hand, Lampard will start Hudson-Odoi against Barnsley in the Carabao Cup and he wants the youngster to keep fighting for his place.
“At the moment we have Christian Pulisic injured, Hakim Ziyech injured," Lampard added. "We played Timo Werner out wide the other day, but the absolute natural winger who is fit at the minute is Callum.l
"We know in a Premier League squad and the number of games we’re going to play, we need competition in those areas, back-ups in those areas and players competing to make that position their own.
"That’s where Callum is at and that’s why I keep saying he needs to train, he needs to show [hunger] in training every day and when he gets his opportunity in games, which he will have tomorrow because he will play against Barnsley.
"He has to show in every minute, on and off the ball, what he can do for the team and that’s the position Callum is at at the minute. He’s had an early breakthrough in his career because of his talent, he’s had an injury and now I want to see him flourish again.”
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