Rudiger did everything possible to leave Chelsea, Germany coach reveals

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Of all five centre-backs currently at the club, Antonio Rudiger is the only one who is yet to get playing time this season.

The German international only made the match day squad for the opening league game against Brighton, and hasn’t featured in any match day squad since then.

Rudiger hasn’t stepped on the pitch this season for Chelsea, and Germany national team manager Joachim Low has admitted that the 27-year-old tried everything possible to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

“I’ve been keeping an eye on things the last few days, what happened in the final hours [of the transfer window], how many changes there were at the last minute. I think a lot of players will get game time this season – 11 players can’t get you through a whole season,” the Germany boss told a press conference.

“I was in constant contact with Toni Rudiger, he was keeping me in the loop. He had three or four options over the weekend but unfortunately, nothing materialised – he can try again in the winter.

“He can put in a great performance even without a few weeks of match practice. I’ve been walking the path with him over the past few years and we’ve had a dialogue since the very beginning. His development over the past four or five years has been great.

“He has established himself as a top international player. In terms of athleticism, dynamism and tough duels, he maintains his top level for a few weeks even without match practice.

“He tried everything to leave Chelsea because the European Championship is very important to him. I think he’ll try to leave again in the winter. He’s doing everything he can to stay in his best form.”

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