With the sacking of Frank Lampard few days ago and the appointment of Thomas Tuchel as the new Chelsea head coach, rumours had it that there were disagreements and tensions within the squad.
The likes of Rudiger who is thought to benefit from the sacking was reported to have clashed with some major Frank Lampard favourites in the squad including Tammy Abraham and also club captain Cesar Azpilicueta in the process of trying to calm them down.
Tammy Abraham however quickly took to twitter to debunk the rumours about him having any disagreement of sort with Rudiger over the sacking of Frank Lampard, stating that it’s false and Rudiger is like a big bro to him.
Rudiger who hasn’t commented on the issue before has now come out to clear the air, claiming and insisting Abraham was right and there’s absolutely nothing against them or anyone in the squad, backing his claim with the fact that Frank Lampard started playing him regularly few weeks before he got sacked and he is actually grateful for the Trust Lampard put on him in that tough period.
Speaking to the Athletic about the rumour, Rudiger said:
There has never been any problem with Azpi. He’s my captain and I’m very thankful that he and also Tammy reacted that quickly after they’d heard the rumours on social media. It looked like people from outside wanted to bother our unity in the squad.
Hopefully, this negativity will go away again very soon and we can continue performances like in the Burnley game.
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.