Date published: Thursday 15th October 2020 8:20
They’re all key players in their international teams, but can’t get a game in the Premier League. Even for Chelsea.
To be a mainstay of the German national team and not get a game for Chelsea, so renowned for leaking goals, is an odd state of affairs.
“Sometimes in football, things can change very quickly,” Rudiger said when asked about his Chelsea future while on international duty this week. And when it comes to centre-backs at Stamford Bridge, never has there been a truer statement. For much of last season it seemed as though Frank Lampard was drawing his pairings from a hat before kick-off.
But having not featured in Chelsea’s first three Premier League games, Rudiger came close to leaving the club on loan at the end of the transfer window. The German is said to have been ‘attracted’ by a move to Spurs after a phonecall with Jose Mourinho, but was concerned about ‘fan backlash’. He then rejected the advances of West Ham as he felt there was a ‘limited sporting incentive’, which the cipher breakers among you will recognise as code