Antonio Rudiger claims he was never anti-Lampard

Rudiger wanted to stay at Chelsea and fight for his place.

The German international was not involved in the first-team under Lampard earlier this season and was accused to be one of the players responsible for Lampard’s sacking.

Since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival at Stamford Bridge, Rudiger has found himself playing in the starting XI quite often.

‘If I was so anti-Lampard, why would I have been on the pitch under him in his last games?’ Rudiger told SportBILD.

He added: ‘It doesn’t make sense. Frank Lampard is very well respected in the club and by the fans.

‘The perception that I was against the coach has more to do with the time around the start of the season when I wasn’t in the squad.’

‘My thoughts were: “I’ll stay here and fight for my place,”‘ Rudiger added.

‘I certainly thought about it when I wasn’t in the squad. But everybody knows: we are in a pandemic, not all clubs are so liquid at the moment.

‘I wanted to stay here, even though I had offers.

‘Shortly after Christmas, I was regularly called up again. For the winter transfer period, there was no question of a move. I wanted to fight my way through.’


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