Antonio Rudiger "tried everything" to leave Chelsea during transfer window

Germany manager Joachim Low says Antonio Rudiger "tried everything" in order to seal a move away from Chelsea this summer amid worries about his lack of playing time.

The 27-year-old centre-back was an important part of Frank Lampard's side last season but has yet to play a minute in the current campaign.

He was linked with a move to the likes of Roma and Tottenham in recent weeks, but in the end a move did not materialise and he will now be forced to stay at Stamford Bridge until January at the earliest.

Speaking ahead of his team's friendly against Turkey on Wednesday, Low recounted Rudiger's frustration when it became clear he would not get a transfer.

"I've been keeping an eye on things the last few days, what happened in the final hours [of the transfer window], how many changes there were at the last minute," Low said.

"I think a lot of players will get game time this season – 11 players can't get you through a whole season.

"I was in constant contact with Toni Rudiger, he was keeping me in the loop. He had three or four options over the weekend but unfortunately, nothing materialised – he can try again in the winter.

"He has established himself as a top international player. In terms of athleticism, dynamism and tough duels, he maintains his top level for a few weeks even without match practice.

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"He tried everything to leave Chelsea because the European Championship is very important to him. I think he'll try to leave again in the winter. He's doing everything he can to stay in his best form."

The signing of veteran Brazilian defender Thiago Silva means Rudiger's chances of game-time at Chelsea have significantly decreased, and there will no doubt be a number of teams keeping their eye on him ahead of the transfer window re-opening in January.

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