Left out of the squad and head coach Frank Lampard’s plans after the arrival of Thiago Silva, Chelsea center back Antonio Rüdiger looked set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer. However, the prospect of moving to West Ham or back to AS Roma were not too appealing, while apparently he didn’t want to join Spurs at the risk of upsetting fans, which is probably absolute nonsense but does make for a good headline.
Having succumbed to inertia, Rüdiger now hopes to claw his way back up from the bottom of the pecking order, especially after a public reminder from his national team head coach, Joachim Löw, that he will need regular minutes to make the squad for next summer’s European Championships.
“I was in constant contact with Toni Rüdiger, 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 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.”
That should come as no surprise to Rüdiger himself, having been in constant contact with Löw. The head coach called him up this time around even though he has yet to play a single minute for Chelsea this season (and has made the bench just once), but despite his qualities, that’s not a tenable situation in the long-term.
“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.”
-Joachim Löw; Source: Daily Mail
As Olivier Giroud showed last season, things can change drastically in January, though that’s probably not something that Rüdiger should be banking on. It’s a bit surprising that he’s decided to stay, but perhaps it will work out great in the end for all concerned.