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Antonio Rüdiger still fighting for his place at Chelsea, ‘relaxed’ over his future

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Sweating for the right reasons

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The addition of Thiago Silva this summer, along with the rise of Kurt Zouma as his preferred partner in our defensive line, has thrown Antonio Rüdiger for a loop. His playing time has been severely limited, and he got very close to leaving the club in the closing days of the transfer window after several offers were made for his services.

But none of those came to fruition, and Rüdiger stayed put at Stamford Bridge instead. It might not have been the best decision he has made since he has not been able to improve much on his playing time. However, he is a fighter; not a quitter.

“I can’t be satisfied with my situation, but the fight has been accepted.”

But fight as he might, it does not look like Rüdiger will find much improvement from his current predicament. With just one game played thus far this Premier League season, it would probably be best for him to go somewhere else — as indicated by Chelsea’s potential willingness to listen to offers for his services in January — especially with the chance to represent Germany at Euro 2020 2021 next summer on the line as well.

In the meantime Rüdi isn’t fretting over what will happen to him in the near future, be that a (temporary) move out of Chelsea or not. As always, it is best to focus on whatever opportunities come for him while he is still at Cobham, doing what he can to prove Lampard that he can still be of use to the team.

“What will happen in January is a long way off. I’m completely relaxed.”

-Antonio Rüdiger; source: ZDF via Daily Mail