Antonio Rudiger ‘refused’ to play for Chelsea vs Spurs in bid to seal transfer

Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger reportedly refused to play against Tottenham on Monday evening as he aims to secure a move away from the club.

The Blues were beaten by Jose Mourinho's side on penalties following a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes.

Rudiger was not included in the 18-man matchday squad, leading many to assume his time at Chelsea is over.

And Teamtalk report the German defender actually made it clear he wasn't keen on playing as he looks to push through a move in the coming week.

Rudiger has not featured for Chelsea so far this season and is attracting interest from PSG and Tottenham.

The transfer window slams shut on October 5, meaning the 27-year-old doesn't have long to find a new side.

Rudiger's sudden demise at Chelsea comes after the arrival of Thiago Silva.

Frank Lampard has been quizzed over the player's future recently but remains tight-lipped over any imminent exits.

When asked if he thinks Rudiger's future lays elsewhere, Lampard last night said: "No, it's not at that point."

Lampard's comments on Rudiger echo those he made about the outcast earlier this week.

"I wouldn't assume anything," Lampard said of the German's future. "I will make no assumption."

Chelsea fans remain perplexed by Rudiger's recent omissions.

And club legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink thinks his former side are making a mistake by offloading the player this summer.

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"They’ve all made mistakes but for me their best centre-back is Rudiger," Hasselbaink told Sky Sports.

"At the end of last season he didn’t have his best spell, he was out of the team but if you look at a whole season he has done the best.

"He normally smells danger and he clears it up. For Rudiger not to have played yet something is going on."

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