Chelsea told Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger will be ‘tough to replace’ but legend Ron Harris backs Blues for trophy tilt if Todd Boehly backs

Chelsea legend Ron Chopper Harris believes they will struggle to replace Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen in the summer transfer window.  The pair have left the club upon the expiry of their contract and have now joined new teams as the Blues hunt for replacements. Rudiger’s time as a Chelsea player is overGetty Christensen has now also got a new club after leaving ChelseaGetty Rudiger has signed for Spanish giants Real Madrid on a four-year deal, while Christensen has finally completed a move to Barcelona.  Losing Rudiger was a real blow for the Blues in particular as the German established himself as a key player under Thomas Tuchel, endearing himself to supporters for his performances at the back as well as his marauding runs forward from defence.  It has been a summer of transition at Stamford Bridge following the takeover of Tedd Boehly with a number of key faces set to depart, including former chairman Bruce Buck, director Marina Granovskaia as well as technical and performance advisor Petr Cech. Boehly will play a key role in the day-to-day running of the club having appointed himself as chairman and interim sporting director and Chelsea’s record appearance maker Harris hopes that head coach Tuchel will be backed this summer. Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT: “I think they’ve lost two good players in Christensen and Rudiger. I think they will be difficult to replace. “Whether they’ve got defenders lined up or some youngsters that are going to come through that are going to get regular football [I don’t know]. “I think we will know after the first half a dozen games the way the season will go and we’ll keep our fingers crossed that maybe they’ve got one or two players lined up. I think they most probably need maybe a couple of players to replace the players that have just left. Tuchel and Chelsea have been linked with a move for Neymar but shoring up the defence should be a priorityGetty Most read in Football news Man United agree Eriksen deal, Jesus joins Arsenal, City land Phillips, Ronaldo latest DECISION Eriksen to accept Man United proposal in blow to Brentford 'bizarre' Ex-Burnley player reveals he discovered he had been released on Twitter deal Mikel Arteta 'excited' as Arsenal finally sign Thierry Henry-inspired Gabriel Jesus VALUE Man United and Man City to do battle for £35m-rated ex-Arsenal man u-turn Man United dealt blow in De Jong pursuit as Barca president Laporta delivers update “I hope with the manager that’s there at the moment, he’s got a say in picking and choosing the players he wants and I hope the club back him. “I think there is such a big gap between the top half a dozen sides and the middle of the road sides. “Money doesn’t buy success in football but, it does help if you’ve got a chairman or an owner that’s backing you and you can go and pay millions of pounds for players and pay the wages that these fellas demand today. “I don’t think they [Chelsea] will be far away from winning some major competitions next season.” Offers Of The Day 888Sport – Bet £10 on Wimbledon, Get £40 In Free Bets* – CLAIM HERE Min deposit £/€/$10 • Offer is valid until 10/07/2022 23:59 • A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £/€/$10 on Tennis market • Min odds 1/2 (1.50) • Free Bets expire after 10 days and valid only for Tennis • Free Bet stakes not included in returns • Withdrawal restrictions, payment methods, country & Full T&C’s apply. 18+ SEE MORE FREE BET OFFERS HERE