Thu, 21 Jan 2021

Antonio Rudiger says he feels better about his future at Chelsea after talks with manager Frank Lampard.

The German centre-back looked to be heading for the Stamford Bridge exit door in January after being frozen out by Lampard.

The 27-year-old defender has been linked with Barcelona and a possible move across London to Spurs collapsed in the summer over fears he might face a backlash from the fans.

Germany team boss Joachim Low claimed Rudiger "tried everything to leave" in the summer and that he would try again in January.

However, things have turned on their head after a clear-the-air meeting with Lampard ahead of the win over Newcastle.

Rudiger started his first Premier League game of the season, partnering Zurt Zouma at the back.

Lampard opted to bring Rudiger in from the cold with Thiago Silva rested after only returning to London on Thursday afternoon.

And the former Roma man has now revealed he feels a "permanent part of the team".

"I'm satisfied with how the situation has developed in the past weeks," Rudiger told German outlet SID via Metro.

"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."

It represents a remarkable U-turn in proceedings because Rudiger was dead set on a January departure.

Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Fikayo Tomori and Silva wer all ahead of him in the pecking order.

In September we revealed that he even refused to play in the Carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham.

He was asked to feature against Spurs - a game in which Jose Mourinho's side progressed 5-4 on penalties.

However, Rudiger made it clear that he did not want to play.

- TEAMtalk media

Source: News24

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