Chelsea star denies claims he played huge role in Frank Lampard’s sacking at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea star denies claims he played huge role in Frank Lampard’s sacking at Stamford Bridge

- Antonio Rudiger has blasted critics for saying he caused problems at Chelsea during Lampard’s reign

- The German centre-back was alleged to have played role in axing of the tactician

- He also insisted that he never clashed with club captian Cesar Azpilicueta

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Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger has denied reports making rounds that he was part of those that facilitated Frank Lampard’s sacking as the manager of the club.

The German defender also shot down reports that he also clashed with team-mate Cesar Azpilicueta in training, saying they are all rumours.

There were reports that Rudiger was among those causing problems within the Chelsea squad just before their manager was axed.

Rudiger fell out with Lampard after the manager dropped the player from the first team and also pushed for his exit at the club despite being favoured by Chelsea chiefs.

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He told The Athletic:

“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.
”Unfortunately, it was not meant to be for our team to turn things around for the coach. We always wanted the best for the manager and for the club.”
Chelsea star denies claims he played huge role in Frank Lampard’s sacking an Stamford Bridge
Antonio Ridiger upset with claims he played a role in Lampard's sacking. Photo: Charlotte Wilson
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But, Gary Neville has stated insisted Frank Lampard should swallow the bitter pill after he was sacked as Chelsea manager.

The Man United legend reflected that Lampard was responsible for the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas after just nine months at the club.

Lampard's sacking got some section of Chelsea fans angry and many believed the Englishman was not given enough time to turn things around at Stamford Bridge.

Former Paris Saint Germain manager Thomas Tuchel was then immediately brought in and Neville believes it should not come as surprise to Lampard who was part of the senior players that engineered Villa-Boas sacking in 2012.

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that Chelsea star Cesar Azpilicueta has stated that there are no issues between himself and his team-mate Antonio Rudiger after reports surfaced that in-fighting exists within the squad.

There were claims that the duo has been causing unrest among the players at the Stamford Bridge club. Rudiger was not one of Frank Lampard's favourites and he was relegated mostly to the bench by the recently sacked manager.


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