Contract rebel Antonio Rudiger issues fresh statement on his Chelsea future
Contract rebel Antonio Rudiger insists he is only focused on Chelsea and ‘owes’ it to the club to keep performing as speculation continues to swirl around his future.
The 28-year-old’s current deal with the Champions League holders expires next summer and he is free to begin pre-contract negotiations with foreign clubs from January onwards.
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, Spanish giants Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are all rumoured to be keen to try and land Rudiger on a free transfer when his deal expires.
Although Chelsea have offered the Germany international a pay rise to extend his stay, the centre-back is believed to be holding out for wages in excess of £200,000-a-week – a figure the west London club are not prepared to go to.
A number of Premier League sides are also keeping tabs on the situation – with Manchester City and Tottenham both linked with moves – though they cannot discuss terms with Rudiger until the summer.
Despite the enormous amount of speculation surrounding him at present, Rudiger says his contract situation is at the very back of his mind and he will continue to give his all for Chelsea.
‘For now I am only concentrating on what is happening right now. I owe that to the club, the coach and the team,’ Rudiger told Welt am Sonntag.
Probed further on whether a return to the Bundesliga was a possibility, Rudiger reiterated: ‘I’m currently only focused on Chelsea. We’ll see what happens.’
Rudiger played in Germany’s thumping 9-0 win over Albania but picked up a yellow card in the match which means he is suspended for their final World Cup qualifier against Armenia on Sunday.
That is positive news for Chelsea, with the defender leaving Germany’s camp and returning to London early, with Rudiger set to have a full week of training at the club’s Cobham facility starting on Monday, with Thomas Tuchel having given the team last week off.
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