Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger says he is “satisfied” with his current situation at the club and has vowed to fight for a starting place in Frank Lampard’s side, as reported by Football London.
The centre-back was heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in the summer. London rivals Tottenham Hotspur were among the favourites to snap up the Germany international.
Rudiger missed the first half of last season with a groin injury but was a regular under Lampard on his return to action in December.
However, the 27-year-old has found game time hard to come by since veteran defender Thiago Silva joined in the summer.
Nevertheless, Rudiger was handed his first Premier League start of the season at Newcastle United on Saturday.
Silva was given time to recover after captaining Brazil in two World Cup qualifiers in South America. And Rudiger is ready to fight to keep his place.
Rudiger: ‘Positive signals’
Rudiger said: “I’m satisfied with how the situation has developed in the past weeks. Now I see myself as a permanent part of the team.
“I had a tough time so I also checked other transfer options. But I received positive signals from the coaching team.”
Future remains up in the air
Speculation during the transfer window saw the defender linked with Spurs and AC Milan. Germany manager Joachim Low suggested Rudiger was strongly pushing for a summer exit.
Despite the defender remaining at Stamford Bridge, Low also suggested Rudiger could attempt to quit Chelsea in January. The manager hinted a move could boost his chances of making Germany’s European Championship squad.
Rudiger’s two starts for Chelsea this season have seen clean sheets in each. He helped the Blues beat Newcastle 2-0 and Rennes 3-0 in the league and Champions League respectively.
His lack of minutes is down to Lampard’s activity in the transfer window. The manager strengthened all over the pitch.
Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz have helped bolster the club’s attacking presence. Meanwhile, Silva, Edouard Mendy and Ben Chilwell have stiffened a leaky back line.
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