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Antonio Rudiger has dismissed reports that was involved in the departure of former boss Frank Lampard.

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.

“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.

“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.”:

Rudiger is very much back in new manager Thomas Tuchel’s plans as it seems is highly-rated midfielder Billy Gilmour.

The Scot is now set to be given a chance by Tuchel, after impressing the German in training.

He had appeared likely to go out on loan, after being left out of the ex-PSG chief’s first two matchday squads.

But according to the Standard, Gilmour’s brilliant performances in training convinced Tuchel that he would be worth keeping around.

Elsewhere, Tuchel has been praised for being a ‘special’ coach with the ability to think differently.

His former player at Mainz, Bo Svensson, told DAZN and Goal: “You immediately noticed that he is a special coach and that he thinks a little differently.

“I had never seen such an appearance in front of a team or such training in this form as a player.

“There were a few games under Thomas that we were very surprised at. We pressed against Bayern very early in Munich. He didn’t set us up for Bayern’s strengths.”

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