Chelsea FC are prepared to accelerate talks over a new contract with Antonio Rudiger despite the fact that he has managed just 45 minutes of first-team action this season.
The Germany international started the campaign on the sidelines due to a knee problem but he was able to achieve full fitness shortly after the first international break.
However, his comeback was shortlived as he managed just 45 minutes of Premier League action against Wolves before picking up a groin injury concern.
Since then, the centre-back has only aggravated the same problem through training and Frank Lampard recently confirmed that the centre-back is out until December following an operation.
According to Metro, the west London giants are keen on committing Rudiger to a new long-term contract even though he has remained injured during the first half of the season.
Rudiger, who is valued at £45m by Transfermarkt, has a contract until the summer of 2022 but the club are seemingly prepared to offer him with an improved deal to ward off any potential interest from suitors.
The same publication claims that Lampard remains a huge admirer of the former Roma man, who is expected to return to the heart of the defence, once his injury concerns are over.
Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma have established themselves as the first-choice centre-backs this season but one of them will have to vacate their position, once Lampard deems Rudiger fit enough to make his league return.