In an exclusive interview with The Athletic, the 27-year-old has claimed he didn’t want to leave Chelsea this summer despite having several options on the table.

Raphael Honigstein of The Athletic claimed that the German defender “didn’t want to pack it all in” at Chelsea following his exclusion from the squad.

Frank Lampard this season has preferred the combination of Kurt Zouma and new acquisition Thiago Silva at defense. This has left Antonio Rudiger not starting a game at Stamford Park this season.

When asked about how close he came to leaving, he said, “There was a possibility of a loan deal, in order for me to get more playing time. Due to many different reasons and the shortage of time, nothing materialized in the end.”

He further said, “Naturally, I looked at a couple of options in the two weeks before the end of the transfer window.”

The former Roma defender is currently on international duty with Germany. @antoniorudiger/Twitter

The likes of Spurs, Barcelona, Roma, Inter Milan, and AC Milan all showed interest but the player claimed Chelsea were not trying to push him out of the door.

“The club didn’t tell me that it was absolutely necessary for me to find a new club and that they didn’t have me in their plans for the next few months,” he said.

Rudiger will hope to get few more chances during the crammed up schedule.

“I also turned down one or two options myself because I wasn’t prepared to pack it all in simply because I had been left out a few times. I enjoy living in London and like being in Chelsea.”

The German defender hinted that the crammed schedule of Chelsea might benefit him getting a few more chances. The former Roma man said, “It is what it is now. I will accept it for the time being and try to show myself in every training session. We are in many different competitions. It’s two games per week all the way from now.”

Chelsea return to Premier League action against Southampton at home on Saturday before hosting Sevilla in the Champions League.