‘I was close to leaving Chelsea’ — Important Chelsea player makes honest admission

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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger didn’t have the best of time under former Blues boss Frank Lampard.

The German centre-half was frozen out of the Chelsea squad under the former Blues boss, and worse still there were lots of rumours at the time claiming that Rudiger was behind the dressing room unrest under Frank Lampard.

The 28-year-old has been a key player for Thomas Tuchel and he’s now seen as one of the best centre-backs in the world.

Rudiger has admitted that he was close to leaving the club when Frank Lampard was in charge.

Rudiger told Sky Sports: “Yeah [I was close to leaving], the way things were going for myself but also for the team.

“But in the winter [January 2021 window] period I was not keen to leave that much, to be honest. It was more in the summer period where I wanted to leave.

“But Thomas Tuchel came and the rest is history. He opened a new door, I would say it like that. To say he saved my career is a little bit too much. He played a big role.

“To be honest, it was easy [to carry on playing]. There was also a lot of noise going on when the last coach was sacked.

“There were a lot of negative rumours and everything and stuff like this. And I kept on doing what I’m doing… I don’t get easily shaken.”

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