It’s not a secret that Chelsea’s enthusiasm and desire to bring in another central defender this summer to Stamford Bridge didn’t materialize due to some factors.
Their pursuit of Jules Kounde from Sevilla didn’t end successfully due to the hefty price tag that was lammed on their most sought-after defender.
The Blues had no choice but to reevaluate their current defensive lines. One of their desires is to hold on to German international, Antonio Rudiger whose future in blue shirt looks uncertain, with the player now in the final twelve months on his contract at the Bridge.
Chelsea look poised to elongate his contract but no agreement has been made so far. Having allowed Kurt Zouma to leave for West ham, experienced legs are shrinking in the Blues backline, those they have, are edging closer to the dusk of their career.
Thiago Silva is 36 years, Cesar Azpilicueta 32, and any injury blow to any of these old defenders could spell doom for Chelsea. With this crop of experienced legs winding down, only Rudiger is in his prime with age on his side, he’s just 28.
As it stands, they cannot afford to lose him come January. By then, he’d be eligible to sign a pre-contract with any potential suitors rooting for his signature. With his performance last season, one should be sure of top clubs lurking around to get him in their ranks.
Chelsea’s hope now is to see how they can forge an agreement on a new deal to keep the German defender at Stamford Bridge beyond his current deal.
According to reports, a deal is no closer to being agreed or finalized. This is because Rudiger’s entourage haven’t been in touch with Marina Granovskaia in recent weeks, and this is undoubtedly adding further uncertainty to his future at Stamford Bridge,
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel’s utmost respect for Rudiger is cordial, he wants his top defender to stay beyond this current campaign at the club and he’s made it known to those at the club of his wishes to get Rudiger’s situated sorted out on time.
Rudiger was offered new deals previously but he rejected them due to them falling short of his proposed expectations. The former Stuttgart defender is contemplating his options as he wants a £70,000 pay rise to his weekly wage of £130,000 which will take his weekly wage to around £200,000, according to reports.
Rudiger signed for Chelsea in 2017 for a reported fee of £29million from AS Roma. He has been a significant asset for the Blues side since then. He’s made 102 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 6 goals.
Last season’s campaign under Thomas Tuchel was a mouthwatering and remarkable campaign in his career. The Tuchel-led Chelsea side picked some form after their slow start to the season with bad patches under their then gaffer, the club legend Frank Lampard.
However, the German tactician rescued and resuscitated the dying team and rekindled their spirit. They defied all odds and beat some powerhouses en route to the final of UCL.
They defeated two Madrid heavyweights (Atletico Madrid and their neighbors, Real Madrid) and went on to win the most lucrative and money-spinning UEFA Champions League trophy by beating a star-studded Manchester City side in the final. Nothing more could have been pronounced as a good performance for Chelsea which Rudiger was an integral part of.
The clubs craving to lure Antonio in case there is a breakdown in his pursuit for an extension with Chelsea are PSG, Juventus, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Atletico Madrid. These clubs are reportedly keeping tabs on Rudiger’s situation, even Chelsea’s Premier League rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, are also in the mix.
The defender has had a successful time at Chelsea as he has won the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup, and most recently, the UEFA Super Cup.
Among other things, Chelsea are edging closer to agreeing a new long-term contract with teammate and fellow defender Andreas Christensen. The Danish international Has also hinted recently that an agreement is about to be completed.
Time is of the essence. If Chelsea are serious about keeping and extending Antonio Rudiger’s stay at the Bridge, they have no choice but to increase their offer that will convince the German to stay beyond next summer.