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Rudiger comments on how close he was to leaving Stamford Bridge

Tue 16 March 2021 | 17:43

Chelsea defender was about to leave the club in the summer, but stayed and fought his way back to the main squad.

There were many rumors and speculations regarding

Antonio Rudiger

’s future at


, since the German had a hard time to find himself in the pecking order and made just one appearance in Chelsea's first 15 Premier League clashes.

Germany international was heavily linked with


a few months back and now in an interview ahead of the Champions League clash against

Atletico Madrid

, he revealed that there were actually two teams he could have moved to.

"I was close to leaving,"

Rudiger said.

"There were really like two teams, maybe one team I was considering, that was PSG to be honest.

"There was call also with Mourinho, but this is something at the end of the day that didn't happen, and with Tuchel also, it didn't happen.

"I was upset of course because I knew my situation and wouldn't play that often."

After Chelsea decided to part ways with the former coach

Frank Lampard

, it was reported that Rudiger played a part in Lampard’s dismissal. However, the German denies the rumors regarding him playing a role in ex-coach’s sacking.

"I was shocked, shocked is the wrong word, not really shocked. Some things I saw coming, obviously, but then I was not in the squad I didn't see coming. I took it on the chin,"

Rudiger added.

"Then I had talk with the ex-coach, Lampard, then I was back on the bench, then back in the team. I worked my way back and the last games of his reign I was on the pitch.

"Now things are going well for me and I'm very happy about it, but I always felt well in the club. They treated me nice, especially upstairs from the board, nobody told me you should leave, not even Frank Lampard. The transfer, loans I wanted didn't happen, but nobody told me I should leave."

source: SportMob