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Sport Tuchel offers update on Rudiger contract talks as PSG & Real Madrid monitor Chelsea defender

18:20  17 september  2021
18:20  17 september  2021 Source:   goal.com

Chelsea star ‘weighing up options’ as he eyes £200k p/w contract

  Chelsea star ‘weighing up options’ as he eyes £200k p/w contract The Chelsea star is eyeing a £70,000 pay rise - this would take his wage to around £200,000 p/w at Stamford BridgeRudiger’s current contract at Chelsea expires in 2022. This is with him joining the club in 2017 for a fee of around £29m from Roma.

Thomas Tuchel remains optimistic regarding Chelsea's chances of tying Antonio Rudiger to a new contract, with extension talks ongoing with the commanding Germany international defender.

Goal can confirm that the 28-year-old centre-half, who is in the final year of his current deal at Stamford Bridge, is attracting interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.

They are closely monitoring a situation that could end in free agency, but those in west London are doing all they can to ensure that the Champions League winner is not allowed to slip through their net.

What has been said?

Asked for an update on Rudiger's situation ahead of a Premier League derby date with Tottenham on Sunday, Tuchel told reporters: "I hope that they find solutions, but it's not only between coaches and players, and what we wish for. And that's why it's between the club, the players and the agent at the moment.

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  Watch: Antonio Rudiger nearly scores sensational solo goal for Chelsea What a goal this would've been.Despite being an uncompromising centre-back, Rudiger has great technical ability and is renowned for bringing the ball out from the back.

"We hope that they find the solution and everything I can say, he plays excellent, and since a long time very consistent, on a very high level.

"I see him very calm and focused, and it's not a distraction for him. So everything is in place, and give things the time they need. Sometimes it needs a bit longer, sometimes things are very fast.

"There's no news from my side, and I think that Toni feels very, very good at Chelsea, he feels very respected by his team-mates and he feels the importance that he has in the team and in the squad. That's well deserved because he delivers, he feels the love from the supporters when he plays.

"He's in the strongest league in Europe, in a big club, so not many reasons to change that. But in the end it's between him and the club, and that's in good hands. I am calm and relaxed, whatever has to happen will happen."

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  Townsend singles out ‘inspirational’ Chelsea man in Zenit win "Every now and again he goes crazy and tries to hit one, blazing it out onto the King’s Road."The German defender struggled for consistent playing time under previous boss Frank Lampard, but has become a crucial player for Tuchel.

Why do Chelsea want to keep Rudiger?

Antonio Rudiger holding a sign: Antonio Rudiger Chelsea Real Madrid PSG © Provided by Goal Antonio Rudiger Chelsea Real Madrid PSG

Tuchel has stated on a regular basis that he would like to see a fellow countryman commit to fresh terms.

That is because Rudiger has become an integral part of his plans since another managerial change was made at Chelsea back in January.

Tuchel took the reins from Frank Lampard and quickly identified Rudiger as a player that would help him to deliver on great expectations.

A man that has been in English football since the summer of 2017 is now up to 155 appearances for the Blues and has been an ever-present through six fixtures in all competitions this season.

Chelsea, who sit joint-top of the Premier League table at present with 10 points taken from four games, are also hoping that a new deal will soon be announced for Rudiger's fellow centre-half Andreas Christensen.

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A key figure at one of his prime suitors has now made an admission that causes more uncertainty for the player's Chelsea futureRudiger is a few months into the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge. The prospect of him being available for free next year has alerted many European clubs. Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are among five clubs to have been linked so far. But perhaps the most likely club to sign him would be Bayern Munich, it has been thought.

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