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Antonio Rudiger Makes Decision On Chelsea Future During Thomas Tuchel Talks



Antonio Rudiger has reportedly informed Thomas Tuchel he wants to stay on at Chelsea next season.

The 28-year-old defender had looked destined for the exit door at Stamford Bridge after falling out of favour under Frank Lampard, with Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Tottenham all monitoring the situation.

But Rudiger has established himself as one of the first names on the teamsheet since Tuchel took over the reins from Lampard and played a key role as the Blues secured a top-four finish in the Premier League before lifting the Champions League trophy.

There has been uncertainty over Rudiger’s future, though, given the centre-back is entering into the final 12 months of his contract with Chelsea and the club risk losing him on a free transfer at the end of the 2021/22 campaign.

According to Sky Sports, several rival teams have contacted Rudiger’s representatives over a potential deal but the Germany international has decided he wants to commit his future to Chelsea.

The west London outfit are yet to begin talks over a possible extension but Rudiger has told Tuchel he has no interest in moving on in the summer transfer window.

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However, the report claims the ex-Roma man would be prepared to run down the last year of his current deal and leave for free if he feels his demands are not met by Chelsea.

‘Nothing is better than what he is doing for a new contract,’ Tuchel told reporters when asked about Rudiger’s delicate contract situation last month.

‘If he wants to have a new contract he has our full support to stay at the club.

‘He is speaking with his performances. He has been amazing since day one.’

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Rudiger said he was pleased to receive such high praise from his manager but the centre-half remains fully focussed on Germany’s Euro 2020 campaign for the time being.

‘That’s nice and I’m happy too,’ he said in response to Tuchel’s kind words.

‘You always make your decisions to some extent dependent on the coaching staff but in the long term you can never rely on them anyway.

‘After the European Championships, we can talk.’