Germany national team manager Joachim Löw has backed Chelsea centre-back, Antonio Rudiger, to maintain his form and fitness ahead of the Euros despite falling down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

Rudiger has fallen behind new signing Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori who also came close to leaving Chelsea on loan before the end of the transfer window.

However, Low is confident Rudiger will keep up his fitness level until the winter transfer window opens in January.

“I am regularly in contact with Toni,” Low said in his press conference via DFB.

“He is making the best out of his situation. He is a player who can perform well despite not playing much. I have been following his progress for years now and I have been always been with him along the way.

“His development in the last four, five years is fantastic. When it comes to his athleticism, dynamism and strength of tackling, he is one of the best in the world. He didn’t move from Chelsea in the end, but I think he will look to move in the winter, unless his situation changes. He will do everything he can to stay at his best.”

According to reports, Chelsea blocked Rudiger’s loan move following his refusal to sign a new deal before heading out on loan.

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