Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger aims to win back place under Frank Lampard

‘I wasn’t prepared to pack it all in simply because I’d been left out a few times’: Antonio Rudiger determined to win back his place in Chelsea’s backline after falling out of favour under Frank Lampard

  • Antonio Rudiger has fallen out of favour under Chelsea manager Frank Lampard
  • He was linked with a move away during the window but nothing materialised 
  • Rudiger says he is now determined to fight for his place after staying with Blues

Antonio Rudiger has revealed he wasn’t ready to ‘pack it all in’ at Chelsea, despite being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge during the recent transfer window.

The 27-year-old defender has fallen out of favour at the Blues which saw the likes of Tottenham, Roma and AC Milan register interest in the German.

Rudiger has not played for Chelsea this season and been left out of every squad since being named as an unused substitute against Brighton in September. 

Defender Antonio Rudiger has revealed he is determined to fight for his place at Chelsea 

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has opted not to use defender Rudiger so far this season

But with no deadline-day switch materialising, Rudiger insists he is now ready to fight for his place with so many games coming up for Chelsea.  

‘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 told The Athletic.

‘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.’

He 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.’

Germany boss Joachim Low reckons the centre-half might look again at his situation and seek a January move with the rescheduled Euros on the horizon if he is not getting enough game time.

Rudiger has had game time with Germany, playing in the 2-1 Nations League win over Ukraine

But for now, Rudiger, who played in both of Germany’s Nations League matches against Ukraine and Switzerland in the current international block, says he will work hard in training to convince Lampard he should be back in the Chelsea team. 

‘It is what it is now. I will accept it for the time being and try to show myself in every training session,’ said the £29million buy from Roma.

‘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.’

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