Fabrizio Romano of the Guardian and Sky Sports says Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are ‘interested’ in Antonio Rudiger who has an uncertain future at Chelsea due to his contract being in its final year.
The 28-year-old joined the Blues on a five-year deal in 2017 and has yet to put pen to paper on an extension, so he could leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer as things stand.
Rudiger’s future at Chelsea was uncertain this time last year as he wasn’t getting into the starting lineup and found himself behind Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Thiago Silva in the pecking order.
The 28-year-old made just two Premier League appearances before the turn of the year, but things changed after Frank Lampard was replaced by Thomas Tuchel.
Rudiger became a regular at the heart of Chelsea’s defence and is arguably one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League now. He’s one of the first names on the teamsheet and a player Chelsea are desperate to keep.
Romano says ‘talks are ongoing’ with the Blues over a new deal and Rudiger is happy at Stamford Bridge, so the West Londoners will be confident that he’ll stay.
Under Tuchel, Rudiger has featured in nine of the Blues’ 10 games this season, amassing 840 minutes of football. Kurt Zouma joined West Ham United while Malang Sarr and Trevoh Chalobah aren’t commanding a starting place, so Christensen, Rudiger and Silva are now first-choice.
Real and Bayern may have to turn their attentions elsewhere.
Chelsea would be foolish to let Rudiger slip through their fingers, be it by letting his contract run down or by losing him to Bayern Munich/Real Madrid, so talks should intensity to extend his stay beyond 2022.