Reason why German defender rejected chance to leave Stamford Bridge

Antonio Rudiger has revealed that he turned down”one or two options” to depart from Chelsea during the summer transfer window.

The German centre-back defender is seemingly not in Frank Lampard’s plans at Stamford Bridge this campaign and was heavily linked with a departure form Stamford Bridge.

Germany head-coach Joachim Low has recently revealed that the 27-year-old “tried everything” in an attempt to depart from Chelsea in the latter stages of the summer transfer window.

However, Rudiger has claimed that he was not prepared to leave club and has vowed to fight for starting spot in Frank Lampard’s squad.

“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,” Rudiger 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.”

Hosts of European teams, AC Milan, AS Roma and Tottenham Hotspur were all credited with an interest in the 27-year-old defender.