Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger has defiantly told Frank Lampard he is not giving up his Blues career.
It comes after failed talks in the transfer window that would have seen the defender leave.
The Germany international has not featured this season, appearing just once on the subs bench.
A reported fallout behind the scenes saw Rudiger linked with a transfer away.
Former club Roma were in for the centre-back, as were Paris St-Germain and Premier League rivals Tottenham.
Even West Ham had made an audacious attempt to sign the 27-year-old but nothing transpired and Rudiger now remains at Stamford Bridge.
Antonio Rudiger looked set to leave Chelsea in the summer
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And now the German is prepared to fight for his spot back in the starting XI..
“The club didn’t tell me that it was absolutely necessary for me to find a new club and that they definitely didn’t have me in their plans for the next few months,” he told The Athletic.
‘”I also turned down one or two options myself.
“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 at Chelsea.”
Chelsea signed Thiago Silva in the summer on a free transfer from Paris St-Germain, while Lampard is keen on a rigid backline after a season of chopping and changing.
It could be one of the reasons why the Blues have looked shaky at the back.
Rudiger has told Lampard he intends to fight for his spot
Regardless, with the European Championship next summer, Rudiger will be desperate to get game-time.
He added: “Naturally, I looked at a couple of options in the two weeks before the end of the transfer window.
“There was a possibility of a loan deal, in order for me to get more game time. Due to many different reasons and the shortage of time, nothing materialised in the end.”
If the situation does not change, then it could be…