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One of those, however, was the display of Antonio Rudiger.

'I've trained with him and played with him and against Ross and think he's got fantastic ability.

Understandably, the summer arrival from Roma has taken his time to adjust to his new environment, the increased expectation of playing for Chelsea and the rigours of English football.

According to Corriere dello Sport on Thursday, the Chelsea owner won't go into next season with Antonio Conte at the helm, but is keen on replacing him with one of his compatriots: Max Allegri.

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The midfielder completed a deal with the Premier League champions last week, after turning down a £35m deadline day transfer in the summer. Antonio Rudiger is the man most likely to make way.

"This is a great chance for the clubs that can invest in him". We don't believe in signing a player just to sign a player, just to do something we don't believe in that.

Since Abramovich started running the show only Mourinho and Ancelotti have overseen in excess of 100 games in the dugout, while Di Matteo, Andre Villas-Boas, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Rafa Benitez, and Guus Hiddink have all failed to reach the 50 game milestone.

Conte's side have European commitments to meet, apart from their Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup games and naturally, they need the requisite amount of personnel to face the congested fixtures up ahead.

At the beginning of this season, Conte, tail up and title in the bag, said he wanted to avoid the 'Mourinho season', a reference to Jose's wheels-off disaster of 2015/16.

The 48-year-old Italian - who served a four-month ban in Italy in 2012 in relation to a match-fixing scandal but has always denied wrongdoing relating to his time as coach of Siena - said he did not want the League Managers' Association (LMA) to intervene.

Along with more minutes on the pitch, Rudiger's mindset will also have been enhanced by his recent appearances on the scoresheet.

The side have been decent enough this season and currently sit 2nd in the Premier League but that is not enough for the Italian boss.

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