Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has commenced pre-contractual discussions with Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint Germain and Juventus about a summer switch.
Antonio Rudiger current deal at Stamford Bridge expires in six months-time. This means he is free to discuss a free transfer with other European clubs – with Chelsea so far failing in attempts to agree fresh terms.
Rudiger has remained coy on his future. However, he has been heavily linked with a move to Madrid where if it all goes well, he will join and become reunited with former Chelsea team-mates Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard.
The German centre-back has wasted no time exploring the considerable interest in his signature. And according to reports, the four top sides have all opened talks with him about a possible free transfer in six months.
Chelsea haven’t given up hope of convincing the player to sign a new deal. Also, Rudiger’s camp have not ruled out committing his future to the west London club. But so far they have been unable to come to an agreement on his salary with Chelsea’s £140,000-a-week deemed insufficient. As reported, Madrid are willing to double the amount.
Rudiger and his team turned it down. This is because it meant he would only earn half as much as the club’s top earner.
Rudiger is said to be committed to giving his all for Chelsea for the remainder of the season, having produced a dramatic upturn in fortunes since his Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as manager last season.
Under Lampard, Rudiger was frozen out of the side and came close to leaving the club. He quickly became a key part of Tuchel’s side after the club legend’s sacking and he went on to win the Champions League in the summer.
Rudiger has played 166 times for the Blues since joining from Roma in 2017. He has also won the FA Cup and Europa League during his time at the club.