Chelsea star Rudiger opens up on what Lampard and Granovskaia told him in transfer window

Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger almost exited Stamford Bridge before the transfer deadline but in the end opted to stay put at the club. That’s despite the Germany international being down the pecking order under Frank Lampard.

The Blues have preferred Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma to Rudiger so far this season.

The central defender has admitted he looked at possible options including a loan away from the club but nothing materialised.

“Naturally, I looked at a couple of options in the two weeks before the end of the transfer window,” he told The Athletic.

“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.”

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Rudiger insists Lampard and transfer chief Marina Granovskaia made it clear he would have a future at the club if he stayed though.

“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,” he said.

“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 is also determined to fight for his place with the other defenders at Chelsea as they look to push Liverpool and Manchester City.

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He added: “It is what it is now. I will accept it for the time being and try to show myself in every training session. 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.”

Chelsea return to Premier League action on Saturday when they take on Southampton (3pm).

Lampard is determined to challenge for the title this season and has opened up on the job he is doing.

“It’s a tough job but it’s a rewarding job,” he said.

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“I’m driving myself daily to be better and we know what it takes to taste success here.

“We want to do well and we know there’s a lot of work to be done to achieve our goals, but unless you give it absolutely everything then that’s not going to happen.

“I’ve completely engulfed myself in this job and I want to bring success to this club.

“Coming back to Chelsea and receiving that reception that I did from the fans, you want to bring the supporters that success because they deserve it.

“So that’s what we are all working towards now.”

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