Antonio Rudiger turned down the chance of a deadline day move to Tottenham amid fears of a fall out with the Chelsea supporters. The German international looked set to leave Stamford Bridge, with a host of clubs chasing his signature.
Premier League rivals Spurs and West Ham were both keen on bringing him on loan, whilst there was also interest from abroad in the shape of PSG and AC Milan.
It has been reported that Rudiger was one of Jose Mourinho’s main targets on deadline day as he looked to strengthen Spurs’ defensive options.
Rudiger is believed to have held positive talks with Mourinho, before he completed a surprise U-turn to stay with the Blues.
Chelsea were willing to let the 27-year-old leave after falling down the pecking order following the arrival of Thiago Silva.
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However, the Athletic report that Rudiger is ready to fight for his place under Frank Lampard and was ‘wary of the potential fall out from supporters for playing for one of Chelsea’s biggest rivals’.
Rudiger did emerge as a late option for Italian giants Roma, but once they got the deal to bring Chris Smalling over the line, his options became increasingly limited.
Goal report that there was also interest from Barcelona, but the collpase of their move for Man City’s Eric Garcia left them too little time to complete a deal.
Rudiger has yet to play this season, after making only 20 Premier League appearances last time out.
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His opportunities could be further hampered after Fikayo Tomori’s loan move to West Ham also fell through in the final hours of the window.
According to Sky Sports, a deal had been agreed with the two London rivals, with the Hammers set to pay Chelsea a ‘huge’ loan fee to acquire his services.
But with just minutes remaining, Tomori also decided he would stay and fight for his place at Chelsea.
Lampard now has five centre-backs at his disposal, with Rudiger and Tomori finding themselves behind Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and summer signing Silva.
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Meanwhile, one Chelsea player that did seal a temporary move away from the club was Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The England international was another that has seen his playing time reduce following Chelsea’s £220m spending spree.
He joins Fulham on a season-long loan deal as he looks to re-find the form that saw him earn in a place in the England squad.
On signing, he said: “I’m really happy to come ‘next door,’ if you will!
“I watched Fulham at the start of the season and they looked like they’re playing decent football.
“With this manager, I think I can get back to my best football. That’s the main thing for me, to find my form and help this team win games.”
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