Antonio Rudiger is reported to have refused to play for Chelsea against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, sources have confirmed to TEAMtalk.
The German international has not played for the Blues in the Premier League so far this season, featuring on the bench in the 3-1 win at Brighton.
Since then, however, he has not made their squad following Chelsea’s summer acquisition of Thiago Silva from PSG
However, he was asked to feature against Spurs – a game in which Jose Mourinho’s side progressed 5-4 on penalties.
Rudiger made it clear that he did not want to play as he is now pressing to leave the club.
The transfer window closes on Monday at 11pm and Ruidger has been strongly linked with a move away to Paris Saint-Germain or Roma who are two potential destinations.
Indeed, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Fikayo Tomori and Silva are all ahead of Ruidger in the pecking order.
The former Roma man’s deal expires in summer 2022.
Earlier this summer he had been looking to extend his stay.
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However, a departure now looks inevitable as the 27-year-old prepares for the next stage of his career.
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