Germany boss Joachim Low reveals that Rudiger tried everything to leave Chelsea before the transfer deadline.
The 27-year old defender has fallen out of favour under Frank Lampard and is now the fifth choice in his position behind Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori.
The German defender did everything to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer window and will try again in the January transfer window.
He reportedly turned down an offer from Tottenham Hotspur citing backlash he would receive from the Chelsea supporters if he joins one of their rivals.
‘I’ve been keeping an eye on things the last few days, what happened in the final hours [of the transfer window], how many changes there were at the last minute,’ Low said in a Germany press conference.
‘I think a lot of players will get game time this season – 11 players can’t get you through a whole season.
‘I was in constant contact with Toni Rudiger, 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 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.
‘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.’