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Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham has shot down rumours accusing team-mate Antonio Rudiger of causing trouble at the club.
The Blues squad had their first training session with new manager Thomas Tuchel on Tuesday night – half an hour after he arrived.
He replaced Frank Lampard, who had taken his side on a run of just two Premier League wins from their last eight games.
Reports soon emerged from the Telegraph that outcast defender Rudiger has “caused issues” in training.
But Abraham, who was given his chance in the senior squad by Tuchel’s predecessor, has leapt to the German’s defence on social media.
Writing on Twitter, the forward said: “Hearing some mad stuff about Antonio Rudier on social media today. Complete nonsense. Toni is a big bro to all of us.”
Rudiger has made just nine appearances for the Blues so far this season – and reportedly wanted a move away over the summer.
Even “refusing” to play in the club’s Carabao Cup loss to Tottenham earlier in the campaign, he could not secure an exit.
It left Lampard with a squad where he could not fit the German in, having brought Thiago Silva to the club as a free agent.
Partnering the Brazilian with Kurt Zouma, it saw the 27-year-old get left out of the squad entirely on several occasions.
And the report stated that this had led to Rudiger “clashing” with club captain Cesar Azpilicueta over Lampard’s preference for academy players.
When the Englishman did get the sack on Monday, it saw Blues supporters use one of the defender’s Instagram posts to lay the blame at his door.
“You don’t deserve to play for this club anymore,” one said.
While another commented: “Get out of my club.”
And a third simply added: “You are guilty.”
But he may not have much luck with Tuchel, though, as the new boss is also keen on blooding young players.
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