Antonio Rudiger has become one of Chelsea’s main defenders under Thomas Tuchel but is out of contract in June and it’s claims is discussing his future with other clubs
Chelsea ace Antonio Rudiger is reportedly in discussions with four top European clubs – including two Premier League sides – over a potential move.
The German defender’s existing contract expires in June and he’s yet to agree an extension with the European champions.
It’s believed the former Roma centre-back is struggling to negotiate a new contract with Chelsea, despite being a regular under manager Thomas Tuchel.
Rudiger has made eight Premier League appearances for the Blues this term, started their Champions League final victory against City in May and is a firm fans’ favourite at Stamford Bridge.
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He’s also been linked with German giants Bayern Munich in recent weeks but played down speculation about his future earlier this month.
Rudiger told the press: “Of course [Bayern’s interest] honours me and proves that I’ve been doing things right.
“But I don’t let myself be distracted. I have an obligation to my club to perform well. I have to prove myself every game and not let myself be distracted by rumours.
“I make my decisions for myself. They don’t depend on anyone. I feel good where I am.”
As revealed by Mirror Football last month, Rudiger could leave Chelsea when his deal expires and earn a £400,000-a-week contract at his next club.
But the Blues won’t want to lose Rudiger, with Rio Ferdinand recently describing the defender as one of the best in the Premier League.
The Manchester United icon said: “Since Tuchel has come I think he’s arguably been the best centre-back.
“I think him and [Ruben] Dias would have been close but the effect he has had on his team has been immense.
“Under Frank, it was evident he wasn’t Frank’s cup of tea. He didn’t really like him. There was rumours they were trying to put him in the market to be sold.
“In Germany, he’s always been highly thought of. But when the manager doesn’t rate you and you can feel that, I don’t care who you are your confidence takes a beating and it’s hard to perform at that level.”
Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann also confessed his admiration of Rudiger last month.
He told the press: “In principle I am no fan of talking about players who are under contract with other clubs while we are outside the transfer window.
“But I’m talking about Rudiger as a football fan. He has made fantastic progress.
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“Thomas Tuchel has handled him extremely well since taking charge. He was previously on the scrapheap at Chelsea.
“But now he is one of the most important members of their defence. He has incredibly good fighting spirit, and is a very good defender.
“I always think it’s great when a player lives up to his job description – and that is always the case with Toni.”
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