Antonio Rudiger says that he could have left Chelsea on loan in the recent transfer window, had he had more time to think about “one or two” offers.
The Germany centre-back is yet to feature for the Blues this season in all competitions. Indeed he has only made the bench on one occasion – against Brighton in the Premier League.
His absence from the side comes after Chelsea shipped 54 top-flight goals last term. What’s more, Thiago Silva has arrived with boss Frank Lampard making the Brazilian captain on his Premier League debut.
Reports linked Rudiger with a move across London to West Ham or Tottenham in the recent transfer window.
However those moves failed to go progress and Rudiger has explained his feelings on the situation.
He told The Athletic: “The club didn’t tell me that it was absolutely necessary for me to find a new club and that they definitely didn’t have me in their plans for the next few months.
“I also turned down one or two options myself. I wasn’t prepared to pack it all in simply because I had been left out a few times.
“I enjoy living in London and like being at Chelsea.”
Speaking about the interest in his services, he added: “Naturally, I looked at a couple of options in the two weeks before the end of the transfer window.
“There was a possibility of a loan deal, in order for me to get more game time. Due to many different reasons and the shortage of time, nothing materialised in the end.”
Real Madrid consider Mount move
Meanwhile, reports in Spain claim Real Madrid are pondering a move for Blues midfielder Mason Mount.
The England international has enjoyed a solid start to the season on both the domestic and international stages.
However Don Balon says that it was with the Three Lions where Madrid president Florentino Perez has been most impressed.