Germany boss Joachim Low says Antonio Rudiger ‘tried everything’ to leave Chelsea before Monday’s transfer deadline, and thinks the defender will attempt to depart again in January.
The centre-back has fallen down the pecking order in Frank Lampard’s defence and is now fifth choice in his position behind Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori.
Rudiger was linked with multiple top clubs in the weeks leading up to the deadline and reportedly backed out of a move to Tottenham as he was concerned over a potential backlash from Blues fans if he joined one of their rivals.
The 27-year-old’s international boss, Low, says that the German did everything he could to move away from the west London club and believes he will try again in the winter transfer window.
‘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 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.’