Chelsea boss Tuchel updates Rudiger’s Contract situation – ‘He knows how much I rate him’

The January transfer window is officially open and that implies Antonio Rudiger, whose Chelsea contract expires at the end of this season, can officially speak with foreign clubs and sign a pre-contract to join them in the summer.

Asked if Chelsea have made any progress in convincing the centre-back to stay, Thomas Tuchel told the media: “I can’t predict the future. I don’t know if his agents are talking with other clubs, now it’s possible.

“I’m sure he knows how much I rate him – we are in communication with him, the club is trying the very best.”

Rudiger has started more games at the centre-back position than any other defender since Tuchel arrived last January. He has been one of the Blues’ best players under the German and to lose him would surely be a big blow.

However, as things stand, it does seem unlikely that Rudiger will continue with Chelsea as he is reportedly getting a better salary at Real Madrid.

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