Antonio Rudiger has an uncertain future at Chelsea as his contract is up in 2022 and he’s yet to put pen to paper on an extension. The 28-year-old is happy in West London and a regular under Thomas Tuchel, but ESPN say he’s requesting a bigger payrise than Chelsea are willing to offer.
Rudiger reportedly wants £200k-per-week to stay at Stamford Bridge but isn’t being offered more than £150k-per-week. The German international will be able to speak with other clubs in January over a Bosman move, so Chelsea need to resolve the situation as soon as possible.
Matters aren’t being helped with ESPN adding that Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are ‘willing to offer’ Rudiger a 200% payrise to £300k-per-week, so the pressure really is on the Blues.
Rudiger joined Chelsea on a five-year deal from AS Roma in 2017 and has gone on to make 160 appearances in all competitions, scoring eight goals with four assists. He’s made 11 appearances across the board this season and has been on the losing team only twice.
Chelsea are currently top of the Premier League table with 19 points from eight games, having conceded only three goals while keeping five clean sheets. Rudiger has played a big role in their success so he’s too important to let go, but it remains to be seen if the Blues will match his wage demands.
Bayern would love to bring him back to Germany where he spent the majority of his playing career before joining Roma in 2016, but Real’s interest may also turn Rudiger’s head. Both clubs won’t need to pay a transfer fee if the 28-year-old’s deal is allowed to expire, so they’d willingly pay more in wages.
Chelsea’s defence is impressive with Andreas Christensen, Trevoh Chalobah, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva, but Rudiger leaving next summer would be a big blow. Time will tell if they can tie him down to a deal beyond 2022.