Eden Hazard to Chelsea: Antonio Rudiger Wage Demand is a Nightmare, Makes Him Perfect for Swap Deal

Rudiger could be going down the same regrettable route as ex-£32m Chelsea teammate

Antonio Rudiger is walking on thin ice in terms of reassuring Chelsea fans he will be at the club next season.

It has been widely reported in the last week or so that Rudiger is no closer to signing a new contract with the Champions League holders.

Antonio Rudiger is reportedly demanding a significant wage increase during contract negotiations with Chelsea

With less than a year left on his Blues contract, the 28-year-old has been linked with a new deal to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.

Eurosport claims that Rudiger wants his Chelsea wages to increase from £130,000-a-week to £200,000-a-week, but the London club are hesitant to meet that demand.

It is understood the Germany international is now weighing up his future because he wants to look at possible options ahead of next summer. Paris Saint-Germain may have some early interest in him.

The report states Blues manager Thomas Tuchel is “very keen” to keep the aggressive defender in his squad, so wants the club to resolve his future quickly

Rudiger has been top drawer since Tuchel took charge in January, which is why some wouldn’t begrudge him asking for a £70,000-a-week increase.

His current deal expires next summer, but rivals can strike up an agreement to sign the German in January.

Paris-Saint Germain and Real Madrid are said to be most intrigued, although others will undoubtedly join the queue before too long.

If Rudiger and Chelsea’s chain of command cannot come to an understanding, the defender can walk away for free after the campaign’s conclusion.

In order to tie down the 28-year-old, the Blues must increase his wages to reflect the player’s performances under Thomas Tuchel.

There is no questioning Rudiger’s pivotal role in the new manager’s overhaul in light of Frank Lampard’s departure.

He is a rock at the back, who likes to attack, as demonstrated during Tuesday night’s win over Zenit St Petersburg.

Losing him for nothing would be a terrible piece of business; something Marina Granovskaia will not want on her record.

But Rudiger must be wary about the pitfalls of leaving Chelsea, after failing to see eye-to-eye with his employers.

The Brazilian left the Blues last year to join Arsenal after his contract had expired.

That concluded seven seasons of fine service at Stamford Bridge, following the attacker’s £32m (Guardian) move from Anzhi Makhachkala.

Chelsea offered the frizzy-haired forward a fresh deal, yet opted against matching what the Gunners had presented.

Those aware of what proceeded after Willian put pen to paper will know this is a tragedy, not a love story.

37 appearances, just 16 Premier League starts and one goal later, the 33-year-old left Arsenal in a cloud of regrettable smoke.

Although earning more money at the likes of PSG and Real Madrid sounds enticing, is it worth the risk of career suicide? We think not.

If you consider the way Rudiger has performed since the change of manager, you could make an argument to say that he’s been Chelsea’s most important player.

The centre-half was gigantic in the team winning the Champions League last season, plus really turned it on in the Premier League.

His speed, power and leadership make him a nailed-on starter.

If you consider the way Rudiger has performed since the change of manager, you could make an argument to say that he’s been Chelsea’s most important player.

The centre-half was gigantic in the team winning the Champions League last season, plus really turned it on in the Premier League.

His speed, power and leadership make him a nailed-on starter.

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