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Antonio Rüdiger set to stay at Chelsea — report

No success in exit efforts

Chelsea Training and Press Conference Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

We cannot say we didn't try our best in finding center back Antonio Rüdiger a new (temporary) home since five players for two slots in the starting eleven is one too many. But try as we might, it seems a move is just not meant to happen despite a plethora of options right in front of the German international.

According to Daily Mail’s chief football reporter Sami Mokbel, Rüdiger will not be leaving Chelsea. Despite interest from AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham, and also an offer from West Ham (and being offered to return to AS Roma), none of the potential moves are expected to come to fruition in the closing hours of the summer transfer window.

Fans of Rüdiger will be happy to have the veteran still around to fight for a place in the starting eleven, and deputise in case one of our current starters, Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma fall to injury or form. But fans of Fikayo Tomori, who would have been one of the prime candidates as substitute to the aforementioned players, will not be too happy about it.

All in all, Rüdiger is still valuable as shown by the amount and the quality of the clubs who showed interest in his services. As long as manager Frank Lampard is able to keep players like him happy despite a potential lack of minutes until the winter transfer window, we should not have many problems going forward.

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