Last week was a very dramatic one at Chelsea which saw the sacking of Club legend Frank Lampard and also the the appointment of Thomas Tuchel about 24 hours later.
There was also lots of reports flying around that about series of player unrest during Lampard’s last days at Chelsea.
One of those players reported to be a big part of the unrest was Antonio Rudiger.
Some reports had claimed that the German defender had urged Chelsea hierarchy to opt for a change in the manager due to his struggles under Lampard.
Other reports stated that Rudiger constituted nuisance in training and behind the scenes at the club and was also bullying junior players.
Tammy Abraham and captain Cesar Azpilicueta took to twitter to deny such claim and further defended their teammate.
Rudiger has now denied such claims in his recent Interview calling it ‘nonsense’.
Speaking to The Athletic, Rudiger said: “There have been so many nonsense rumours around about me since last week. I’ve never talked with the board about the situation of the coach or on any other topics.
“Frank Lampard trusted in my abilities after Christmas in a very difficult situation and I was thankful for this. It was also the main reason why I told my representatives not to look for a possible winter move anymore.” He continued
“Unfortunately, it was not meant to be for our team to turn things around for the coach. We always wanted the best for the manager and for the club.
“He took over the manager position last season when things were very complicated for all of us. But we managed to qualify for the Champions League together with him.
“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.” Rudiger concluded.
Rudiger – who was persistently linked with an exit last summer – did start three of Lampard’s final four Premier League matches in charge before he was sacked by the club.
He seems to also be a regular under the new management of Thomas Tuchel, starting both of Tuchel’s first games as manager.