Key Chelsea player denies contact with other clubs amid possible free-transfer exit.
Antonio Rudiger has explained why he has yet to sign a new Chelsea contract but admitted the negotiations have been in place for a couple of months.
The 28-year-old, who has established himself among Thomas Tuchel’s undroppables, is in the final year of his contract with Chelsea.
His contract situation does not seem to affect his performance on the pitch, which is good news for Chelsea, but they are still at risk of losing the defender on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Rudiger himself said that Chelsea have opened talks over a new contract for a while, but it seems that both parties are nowhere near an agreement so far.
“After the long Champions League season and the European Championship, the first talks took place after I returned to training with Chelsea,” the Germany international told SID (via Sky Germany).
“So this is less than two months ago and for me, this will be the most important decision of my professional career, so I won’t rush into anything.
“Personally, I haven’t spoken to any other club than Chelsea.”
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Rudiger might have spoken the truth that he himself has not had any conversation with other clubs, but Sky Germany claimed that his half-brother and agent, Sahr Senesie, has had informal contact with Bayern Munich.
Another report from Goal also reported that a few other top clubs, such as Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, are also interested in signing the former AS Roma defender.
Given Rudiger’s stellar form since Tuchel took over at Chelsea, it is hardly a surprise that these clubs might not want to miss the opportunity to sign him on a free transfer.
Rudiger is arguably in a very strong negotiating position at the moment, as he will legally be able to negotiate a pre-contract with other clubs in January.
Last week’s report from The Telegraph, Rudiger, who currently earns around £100,000-a-week, likely demands a new contract at around £200,000-a-week, similar to the club’s top earners; Romelu Lukaku, N’Golo Kante, and Timo Werner.
That is far above Chelsea’s reported offer of £140,000-a-week, and it remains unclear whether the club will eventually agree to raise their offer.