Chelsea have recently put forward talks with Antonio Rudiger’s agent over a new deal at Stamford Bridge due to fears that the German superstar would leave the club on free transfer in 2022.
Rudiger was deemed surplus to requirements under the management of Frank Lampard last summer and he was close to joining Paris Saint-Germain on loan before Lampard was sacked and replaced by Thomas Tuchel.
The defender has been a top player under Tuchel. Chelsea have been able to keep 15 clean sheets in the last 20 matches that Rudiger has started in a game.
Chelsea had planned on speaking to the defender’s agent after Euro 2021competition, perhaps believing that the tournament would help to boost the interest of other teams in the defender.
But Rudiger has proven himself as a good player under Tuchel and the German wants to keep his position at the centre-back, particularly as it gives him more flexible options to play better.
Rudiger’s current deal would end in 2022, this simply means he would be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with available clubs from January.
Chelsea paid around £30m for the defender and while they want to keep Rudiger, they really don’t want him to leave on free transfer, even if he is leaving, they wouldn’t mind making some money with his transfer.
Tuchel is on the onlook to target a centre-back in the transfer market this summer, though a centre forward remains his priority to strengthen the team.