Chelsea are set to renew their efforts to tie Antonio Rudiger to a new deal after rejecting a £140,000-a-week bid, with Germany remaining for nearly £200,000 amid free transfer interest from Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.
- Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger’s contract expires at the end of the season
- The German defender is free to talk to foreign clubs about the free transfer
- Rudiger rejected Chelsea’s initial offer but hope to agree deal
- Rudiger is believed to be considering an offer of close to £200,000-a-week
Chelsea are set to renew their efforts to retain Antonio Rudiger with an improved contract offer amid hope their central defender is ready to stay at Stamford Bridge.
Rudiger’s contract expires at the end of the season and his representatives have held talks with foreign clubs over a possible free move abroad this summer.
Any move to a European competitor would be very profitable for the central defender, Sportsmail It was revealed last month that Rudiger is on course to earn up to £400,000 a week – including bonuses and other attached fees – on Bosmann’s transfer.
Chelsea are ready to renew their efforts to tie Antonio Rudiger to a new contract
Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are among the interested clubs.
But there is emerging optimism at Chelsea that Rudiger remains open to staying in west London despite the fortunes on offer elsewhere.
Chelsea are expected to make an improved bid for Rudiger’s contract after rejecting the original £140,000-a-week deal.
Romelu Lukaku signed a £325,000-a-week deal when he returned to Chelsea for £97.5m in the summer.
Rudiger has proven as important in forming Thomas Tuchel’s first team as Lukaku this season.
And while scorers get paid more than defenders, Lukaku’s deal, particularly given that both players are both 28, is seen as a point of reference.
Rudiger celebrates after beating Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night
It is believed that a basic wage of around £200,000 a week will be seriously considered.
However, the way Chelsea plan to make up for the financial shortfall in bonuses and signing fees that Rudiger will forgo if he stays at Stamford Bridge will likely make or break the club’s chances of making a competitive contract offer enough to entice the player to stay.
The fan, though, is the prospect of Rudiger staying at Chelsea described as “possible” by informed sources.
Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel hopes his German compatriot will remain at the club
His Blues defensive colleague Malang Sarr praised Rudiger’s presence in the Chelsea team.
“He is great both on and off the field. “What you see on the pitch is always giving heart, giving energy and always helping his teammates, and you can see how impactful it is,” said his Blues teammate.
“He’s not just great, he’s a good player who’s good with the ball and he’s always trying to help the team, not just himself, to bring solidity to the team and just drive.”