Antonio Rudiger has expressed his frustration at a lack of playing time at Chelsea and admitted he’s ‘not satisfied’ with his situation.
New summer signing Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma have established themselves as the club’s first-choice centre-halves, leaving Rudiger out in the cold.
He has made three starts in the Champions League, with Lampard rotating his squad more in European games, but speculation has built over his future given he has just 18 months left on his contract.
The 27-year-old looked set to move on in the summer transfer window when it appeared he would not be part of Lampard’s plans but stayed to fight for his place.
And he insists he will continue to do the same as he hopes to earn a starting berth as the season goes on.
‘I can’t be satisfied with my situation, but the fight has been accepted,’ he said to German outlet ZDF.
‘What will happen in January is a long way off. I’m completely relaxed.’
Chelsea return to action against West Ham on Monday having slipped down the Premier League table in recent weeks.
A win will push them back to fifth but six points off league leaders Liverpool.