Chelsea dealt contract blow as Antonio Rudiger happy to wait for options
Rudiger’s impressive stint
Under the guidance of Thomas Tuchel, Antonio Rudiger has been a man reborn playing on the left-side of a back three. Free to roam upfield with the ball, he has also demonstrated his no-nonsense attitude to defending, providing vital blocks and crunching challenges that can sometimes leave onlookers wincing.
Antonio Rudiger is the only Chelsea player to have played every minute of the opening four games.
But what happens if he’s absent? Well, the international break may provide the answer https://t.co/BkyWFmBCv8
— Adam Newson (@AdamNewson) September 4, 2021
However, Rudiger, along with fellow defenders Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen, has just 12 months left to run on his current deal at Stamford Bridge. With this hanging over the club, it is easy to see why they pushed so hard for the signing of Sevilla’s Jules Kounde this summer, but the club ultimately failed to agree a fee with the Spanish club.
Speaking to Livescore, Dean Jones was quick to provide an update on the centre backs currently at the club, and while things were looking promising for Christensen when it came to contract renewals, the same cannot be said for Rudiger.
Transfer insider @DeanJonesSoccer gives us an update on how things stand at Chelsea after the transfer window #Chelsea #ChelseaFC #Transfers pic.twitter.com/1XNSNi9ZbB
— LiveScore (@livescore) September 6, 2021
Indeed, Jones revealed:
“Tuchel has been so impressed with him not only does he want him to stay, but he wants the club to prioritise the negotiations around it because he can’t really imagine his team right now without Rudiger to build upon.”
“There are a couple of clubs that are looking at Rudiger’s situation and have opened discussions privately between intermediaries to let him know what would be on the table, and he’s reasonably open to considering a future away from Chelsea”.
With the best part of a season still to convince the German defender to stay in West London, Chelsea will be hoping that further silverware may make him think twice about leaving.