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The word of advice has come from Le Saux after Chelsea have continued their pursuit of the Southampton centre back.
The retired footballer insists that the Blues need to focus on other areas of the pitch.
Chasing Van Djik all summer long, Antonio Conte ended up signing German Antonio Ruddier from Italian side AS Roma.
Thanks to the signing of Ruddier, Conte’s side boasts five top quality centre backs capable of stepping in and doing the job across the four competitions Chelsea find themselves in this season.
Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Cezar Azpilicueta are Conte’s first choice in his three-back system.
According to Le Saux Chelsea would be better of signing left wing backs to support Marcos Alonso.
He said: “If Chelsea are to carry on with playing a back three then they need top quality players in those positions but [Gary] Cahill, [David] Luiz and [Cesar] Azpilicueta are all having decent seasons so far.
In addition, [Andreas] Christensen has done well having come through the ranks so I think Van Dijk would have quite the fight on his hands in trying to displace those players from the starting XI. The bigger issue for me is the need for a strong back-up option to Marcos Alonso”.
Chelsea have been linked with left full backs since last summer including Juventus’ Alex Sandro and Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose.