Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger has expressed his determination to win back a spot in Chelsea ‘s starting XI after turning down a number of transfer offers over the summer.
Rudiger have been finding it difficult to play under Frank Lampard this season with the arrival of Thiago Silva and the form of Kurt Zouma leaving him a place in the bench.
The experienced centre-back has now revealed that he rejected two opportunities from potential suitors to remain in west London, telling The Athletic : “The club didn’t tell me that it was absolutely necessary for me to find a new club and that they definitely didn’t have me in their plans for the next few months.
“I also turned down one or two options myself. I wasn’t prepared to pack it all in simply because I had been left out a few times. I enjoy living in London and like being at Chelsea.”
Rudiger added: “Naturally, I looked at a couple of options in the two weeks before the end of the transfer window. There was a possibility of a loan deal, in order for me to get more game time. Due to many different reasons and the shortage of time, nothing materialised in the end.”
On him getting a playing time this season, the German international who joined Chelsea from Roma in 2017 said:
“It is what it is now. I will accept it for the time being and try to show myself in every training session,” he said. “We are in many different competitions, it’s two games per week all the way from now. Sometimes in football, things can change very quickly. That’s why I will continue to give my best every day and try to convince the manager.