Antonio Rudiger: Chelsea defender denies speaking to board about Frank Lampard sacking

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has dismissed solutions that he performed a job in Frank Lampard’s sacking because the membership’s head coach.

Lampard was dismissed in January following a poor run of type, with some stories within the aftermath suggesting that the German defender had inspired the Chelsea hierarchy to change the supervisor.

Rudiger had come shut to leaving Stamford Bridge in the summertime and featured in simply one in all Chelsea’s opening 15 Premier League video games this season, however was introduced again into the fold across the flip of the yr and began three of Lampard’s closing 4 league video games in cost.

“There have been so many nonsense rumours around about me since last week,” Rudiger advised The Athletic. “I’ve by no means talked with the board about the scenario of the coach or on some other matters.

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Rudiger denies he performed an element in Frank Lampard's sacking as Chelsea boss

“Frank Lampard trusted in my skills after Christmas in a really tough scenario and I used to be grateful for this. It was additionally the primary motive why I advised my representatives not to search for a potential winter transfer anymore.

“Unfortunately, it was not meant to be for our group to flip issues round for the coach. We all the time needed the most effective for the supervisor and for the membership.

“He took over the supervisor place final season when issues have been very difficult for all of us. But we managed to qualify for the Champions League along with him.

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“He has given so many young players a chance in the first team and they are still doing an amazing job. I’m pretty sure we will see Frank Lampard back again at another club very soon.”

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Despite Rudiger delivering strong performances as Chelsea saved clear sheets in new boss Thomas Tuchel’s first two video games in cost, there was additional hypothesis over his relationships together with his team-mates.

Reports claimed that Rudiger had fallen out with membership captain Cesar Azpilicueta, however each the Spanish defender and striker Tammy Abraham publicly defended their team-mate.

“There has never been any problem with Azpi,” Rudiger mentioned. “He’s my captain and I’m very thankful that he and also Tammy reacted that quickly after they’d heard the rumours on social media.

“It appeared like folks from outdoors needed to hassle our unity within the squad. Hopefully, this negativity will go away once more very quickly and we are able to proceed performances like within the Burnley sport.”

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