Chelsea’s mainstay defender Antonio Rudiger revealed how he had almost left Stamford Bridge some time ago due to tantalizing offers from two European giants, Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham Hotspur.
Previously, it should be noted that Antonio Rudiger did rarely get the opportunity to appear under Frank Lampard’s direction. This is due to the successive injuries that have befallen him, even he only made 26 appearances last season.
This situation has undoubtedly made Rudiger linked with a number of clubs, and is believed to be leaving Chelsea in the winter transfer market last January.
But, since the change of coach was made, speculation that his move from Stamford Bridge slowly disappeared.
Indeed, it cannot be denied, the presence of Thomas Tuchel has more or less made Antonio Rudiger begin to get the opportunity to play consistently in the first team. He also played a part in Chelsea’s 8 Cleansheet score.
Rudiger himself admitted that he had indeed been on the doorstep of Chelsea’s exit, there were even real offers he received from Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham Hotspur.
“I almost [left]. There were two teams; maybe one of the teams I was considering, it was PSG, to be honest. And also with [Tottenham coach Jose] Mourinho. But this is something that didn’t happen in the end,” Rudiger said as if quoted from talkSPORT.
However, from the start, the former AS Roma player did not intend to leave Chelsea, especially because coach Frank Lampard did not want him to leave the club.
“To be honest I always feel good at this club. They have treated me well. Nobody at this club, neither management nor Frank Lampard, asked me to leave,”
“The transfer didn’t happen, the loan didn’t happen. But also no one in this club asked me to leave immediately,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Chelsea itself is currently preparing to face Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the last 16 of the European Champions League. It is believed, Antonio Rudiger will also appear in the match.