Rudiger hoping for Roma stay

Antonio Rudiger is hoping Roma makes his loan deal permanent.

Antonio Rudiger has no intention of returning to Stuttgart and hopes Roma make his loan move from the Bundesliga club permanent.

The Serie A outfit have a €9m option to make the German defender's move permanent.

Rudiger started 19 league games for Stuttgart last season and has picked up 10 for Roma so far this campaign.

"I think the club will activate my clause," Rudiger told Kicker.

"The thought of returning to Germany is not in my head. I think I made the right choice, there’s so much pressure here, both from fans and the media, but I’m fine.

"I'm grateful to Rudi Garcia for the trust he's placed in me, I'm playing as a starter in a better team than Stuttgart and I'm happy."

Rudiger has helped Roma to fifth position after 17 games in Serie A, four points off league leaders Inter.

Roma return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Chievo as they look to make further ground on the four teams above them.