Joachim Low said he has been in contact with Antonio Rudiger over his potential Chelsea exit before the defender decided to stay, at least for now.
Having been excluded from Chelsea’s matchday squad in the past few games, it’s actually quite surprising that Rudiger is still an official member of Frank Lampard’s squad after the deadline day.
Lampard has previously made it clear Rudiger’s exclusion was purely due to his choice, and it tells us where the 27-year-old stands in the pecking order.
Germany boss Low said Rudiger actually had plenty of destination options where he might get regular game time before the potential deals fell through in the end.
Speaking in today’s press conference, Low told the media (via Sport1): “I’ve been following it [Rudiger’s transfer situation] for the past two days.
“There were a lot of changes at the last minute, it wasn’t [crystal clear]. Many players will have their bets this season.
“I was in constant contact with Toni Rüdiger, he kept me informed.
“He had three or four options, but it didn’t work out.”
Despite the surprising U-turn, Rudiger might still change his mind about staying at Stamford Bridge depending on how the next few months pan out, according to Low.
“He could switch in winter,” he emphasised.
With next summer’s Euros certainly lingering in his mind, January departure seems like a sensible option for Rudiger.
Unless, of course, if he manages to convince Lampard to start him ahead of aerially dominant Kurt Zouma and commanding Thiago Silva.