A report has revealed why Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger turned down loan offers from Premier League sides Spurs and West Ham on deadline day.
The centre-back has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge this season following the arrival of Thiago Silva from Paris Saint-Germain.
The Germany international hasn’t featured in any of Chelsea’s opening four Premier League fixtures of the season.
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Reports said last week that Tottenham had launched a bid to sign the 27-year-old on loan, while West Ham were also linked with a late bid.
And now Bild (via Sport Witness) bring us the reasons why Rudiger turned down offers from Chelsea’s London rivals Spurs and West Ham.
Following a phone conversation with Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho, Rudiger felt the Spurs offer was ‘attractive’ but ‘decided against a loan within London’.
However, there was a different reason for rejecting the Hammers with the east London club offering ‘limited sporting incentive’ after David Moyes had registered their interest in Rudiger.
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Bild add that the German is ‘now pushing’ for a January move with the European Championship coming up in the summer, despite his ‘favourite option’ being extended minutes at Chelsea.