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Chelsea FC’s international break to-do list: Tie down stars, get Hudson-Odoi onside and Chilwell playing

Chelsea FC’s international break to-do list: Tie down stars, get Hudson-Odoi onside and Chilwell playing

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strong start to the season for Chelsea but here are three issues to address during the international break…

Tie down stars

Chelsea have made contract offers to Andreas Christensen and Toni Rudiger – and the sooner they can secure their futures, the better.

Both players have been key figures under Thomas Tuchel after being left on the fringes by Frank Lampard.

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While Tuchel was very keen on bringing in further defensive reinforcements during the summer — with Jules Kounde his top centre-back target — Chelsea have made it clear to Christensen and Rudiger that they remain pivotal to the German’s plans.

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Perhaps the failure to land Kounde will convince them to put pen to paper, but they would be in their rights to wonder how the arrival of another defender would have impacted on them.

Particularly Christensen, who position looks most precarious when Thiago Silva is fully fit.

Thiago may be in the final year of his contract, but the arrival of a top-quality replacement such as Kounde would push Christensen down the pecking order.

Long-term, Tuchel also sees Reece James as a third centre-back, as he played towards the end of the last season.

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Get Hudson-Odoi onside

You had to feel for Callum Hudson-Odoi as he appeared to be a victim of the uncertainty of Chelsea’s deadline-day business.

Having began the summer determined to fight for his place, he spent the end of the window prepared to head out to Borussia Dortmund for more playing time.

Having seen the development of so many young players in Germany – not least Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham – it had the potential to be a springboard for his career.

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