Antonio Rudiger’s stance on new Chelsea contract as Marina Granovskaia makes proposal

Guehi opens up on decision to leave Chelsea for Crystal Palace

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Antonio Rudiger’s stance on signing a new Chelsea contract has been made clear, according to reports. The defender is one of two key players whose deals with the Blues expire next summer. 

Rudiger and fellow centre-back Andreas Christensen could both leave Chelsea if their futures are not resolved before July 2022.  

The latter appears closer to penning fresh terms but talks with his defensive partner appear to have stalled.  

Rudiger has been a key player for Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel. The 28-year-old has started each of their Premier League matches this season. 

He played an important role in the club’s incredible Champions League success last term but it now seems that he could depart for free.

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German outlet Sport1 claim that Rudiger’s brother, Sahr Senesie, is negotiating a new contract with Blues sporting director Marina Granovskaia. 

However, they continue that the former Roma man wants to take time and could explore other options.  

Rudiger’s £100,000 per week salary does not even put him in the top 10 highest earners at Stamford Bridge.  

The likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic and Ben Chilwell all take home a bigger wage. 

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Sport1 claim that Chelsea would therefore need to ‘stretch a lot’ to convince Rudiger to remain beyond next summer.  

Tuchel attempted to add to his defensive options during the recent transfer window. That could mean that he is planning beyond Rudiger’s Chelsea career, although the Blues head coach did lose three centre-backs over the summer.  

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The Blues tried to sign Sevilla’s Jules Kounde but the La Liga side refused to sell the France international, reportedly leaving him furious.  

Fikayo Tomori was sold in a £25m transfer to AC Milan while Kurt Zouma departed for West Ham for a similar fee. Defender Marc Guehi also joined Crystal Palace for around £18m. 

Those departures could present a pressing defensive dilemma for Tuchel. Danish defender Christensen at least offered some respite over the international break by insisting that talks over a new deal were progressing well.  

“I know a lot is being said right now. I cannot say too much, but I think it looks good,” Christensen told Danish outlet Ekstra Bladet.

“We have won the Champions League and the Super Cup. I am very happy to be at this club and feel Chelsea are the right place to be in England. 

“I know Thomas Tuchel believes in me. I have also played a big role since he came. 

“I had a very difficult period under [Frank] Lampard, shortly before he was fired. Now luckily it’s going the right way for me. 

“Things can go fast in this world. The most important thing is just that I have never given up.” 
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