Antonio Rudiger looked destined to leave Chelsea during the summer transfer window having fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge, but turned down offers to leave and has vowed to prove himself to manager Frank Lampard.
The Germany international was a regular in the Blues side last season but has fallen a long way down the pecking order and finds himself fifth choice in central defence.
New signing Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori are all in front of Rudiger in Lampard’s plans in defence.
The 27-year-old was given the chance to move to a new club but turned it down, preferring to stay and fight for his place, with Chelsea not forcing him out of the door.
He intends to keep working hard at Stamford Bridge and expects to be given his chance at some stage.
‘It is what it is now,’ he continued. ‘I will accept it for the time being and try to show myself in every training session. We are in many different competitions, it’s two games per week all the way from now.
‘Sometimes in football, things can change very quickly. That’s why I will continue to give my best every day and try to convince the manager.’