Antonio Rudiger has decided to remain at Chelsea but he and the club will reassess their options when the transfer window reopens in January.
“We have five centre-backs at the club and I can’t pick three on the bench so that’s the way it is,” Frank Lampard told the Daily Mail when asked about Rudiger’s exclusion from the matchday squad against Liverpool on 20 September.
The Chelsea manager made it clear at least of one his centre-backs would fail to make the match day squad every week.
And if Chelsea’s recent games have taught us anything, it’s that Rudiger is likely to be watching from the stands.
Interestingly, according to a report from The Telegraph, the Germany international turned down three loan opportunities this summer – at West Ham, Tottenham Hotspur and former club Roma.
The report said Rudiger rejected West Ham and decided against joining Tottenham since he considered a spell at a rival club, even a temporary one, could pose a threat to his Chelsea career.
The 27-year-old reportedly retains hope of returning to Stamford Bridge and fighting for a place in the future. Playing for Spurs may have seen an adverse reaction from some fans.
The Roma case was more complicated since the club reportedly made an enquiry on deadline day while still hoping to sign Chris Smalling from Manchester United, which they eventually did.
Although, as previously pointed out by Germany boss Joachim Low, Rudiger will review his position again in the January transfer window as he looks for a place in Low’s squad for the Euros.