Chelsea star says he is unhappy once again and has January decision to make

Date published: Monday 21st December 2020 9:19 - Matthew Briggs

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Antonio Rudiger says he is unhappy with his current situation at Chelsea as he kicks his heels on the Stamford Bridge sidelines.

The centre-back has made just five appearances this season after falling down the pecking order.

Rudiger recently claimed he was settled at Chelsea after trying to leave the club in the summer.

Germany team boss Joachim Low even claimed Rudiger “tried everything to leave” and that he would try again in January.

However, things turned on their head last montgh after a clear-the-air meeting with Lampard ahead of the win over Newcastle.

Rudiger started his first Premier League game of the season, partnering Zurt Zouma at the back. However, that remains his only Premier League appearance. He replaced Thiago Silva in that success, with the Brazilian not back from international duty in time to play.

Silva and Kurt Zouma are Frank Lampard’s favoured central defensive combination, but Rudiger has vowed to fight for his place.

“I can’t be satisfied with my situation, but the fight has been accepted,” he told ZDF (via the Daily Mail). “What will happen in January is a long way off. I’m completely relaxed.”

Rudiger refusal to play

In September we revealed that Rudiger refused to play in the Carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham.

He was asked to feature against Spurs – a game in which Jose Mourinho’s side progressed 5-4 on penalties.

However, Rudiger made it clear that he did not want to play and was intent on a January departure.

 

With Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Fikayo Tomori and Silva all ahead of him in the pecking order he saw no other option. However, after talks with lampard and an outing against Newcastle the landscape changed.

Now however Rudiger has once again voiced his displeasure and he could have a big decision to make next month.

 

 

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