Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger was a serious target for fellow EPL giant team Tottenham Hotspur before the end of the transfer window.
The German international was deemed to be surplus to requirements at Chelsea after Blues boss Frank Lampard told the player that he can leave the club.
German national team manager Joachim Low was said to have given him permission to skip national team camp in a bid for him to sort out his future amidst the interest from the London duo of West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur.
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According to German newspaper Bild, Antonio Rudiger could have joined Tottenham Hotspur but didn’t push through with the transfer out of respect for the Blues.
It was revealed that the player didn’t move to join Jose Mourinho at Spurs because of the rivalry between the two clubs.
The Hammers were also keen on signing the former AS Roma centre back but the player turned it down for sporting reasons.
Rudiger knows that he’s not in Frank Lampard’s plans for this season and he would be looking to move to a new club by January.
Chelsea signed Thiago Silva on a free transfer this summer and he’s ahead of Rudiger in the pecking order.
Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori are also ahead of him.