Antonio Rudiger has insisted that he would have remained at Stamford Bridge regardless of Frank Lampard’s future at the club.
He told the Athletic: “Just to make this clear: I would have stayed at Chelsea no matter the name of the manager.
“I was not always happy about the results, but I felt that I’m still an important part of the squad. After a difficult situation for me around autumn last year my playing time increased a lot.
“There was no reason to look for a new challenge for me, as I feel comfortable at the club and in London.
“I don’t think we Germans have an advantage right now, just because our coach is German. As the coach has already said, we all have to prove ourselves now and no one can be sure that he has a position in the starting line-up.
“The first steps with him have been quite good, but there’s still a long way to go.”
Chelsea reportedly turned down a bid from Barcelona for Marcos Alonso.
Spanish giants Barcelona were keen on striking a late transfer deadline day move for Chelsea defender.
It had been almost exactly four months since Alonso’s last taste of action, but the veteran wing-back showed no signs of rust as he fit smoothly into new head coach Thomas Tuchel’s 3-4-3.
Since head coach Thomas Tuchel was installed as the club’s new head coach last week, Alonso has been handed the opportunity to resurrect his career in west London.
The Spaniard started at left wing-back in Sunday’s victory over Burnley, which also saw him net the Blues’ second goal.
According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, the Catalan club tried to acquire the left-back’s services on transfer deadline day.
But the west Londoners rejected the offer for the Spain international – who fell down the Stamford Bridge pecking order under former boss Frank Lampard – as they weren’t left with enough time to find a suitable replacement.