Antonio Rudiger: Barcelona monitoring Chelsea defender’s situation as he enters final six months of contract | Football News

Barcelona are monitoring Antonio Rudiger’s contractual situation, with the Chelsea defender now able to sign a pre-contractual agreement with foreign clubs after entering the last six months of his contract.

Sky Sports News reported earlier this week Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus have all opened talks with Rudiger reps for a free transfer in the summer.

Rudiger is in no rush to sign a pre-contract deal with a new club and the German international is aware that there could be interest from Premier League sides if he becomes a free agent in the summer.

Ralf Rangnick, Manchester United’s interim manager who will be consulting at Old Trafford this summer, is a fan of Rudiger and is well acquainted with the Chelsea defender’s brother, who is also his agent.

Rudiger turns 29 in March and his next contract could be the most important of his career.

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But while the former Roma and Stuttgart defender is eager to get paid what he thinks he’s worth, the most important factor in deciding his future will be the football project on offer.

Rudiger hasn’t ruled out signing a new contract with Chelsea, but the European champions should make him the highest-paid defender in the Premier League if they wanted to.

Chelsea’s latest contract offer – made at the start of the season – was turned down by Rudiger and his representatives as he promised to pay them only half of what the club’s best earnings earn.

Despite uncertainty about his future, Rudiger is expected to remain committed to Chelsea for the remainder of his contract and focused on helping Tuchel’s side achieve their goals.

Tuchel continues to rely on Rudiger, with the head coach fielding his compatriot in 20 Premier League games this season, the most of any Chelsea outfield player.

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Rudiger joined Chelsea from Roma in July 2017 and went on to win the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League with the club.

Chelsea could face a series of defensive starts this summer, with captain Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen seeing their contracts expire this summer.

However, Thiago Silva will remain at Stamford Bridge next season after signing a one-year contract extension on Monday.

Tuchel: Rudiger knows my appreciation

Thomas Tuchel told reporters ahead of Chelsea’s win in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham on Wednesday that he hoped Rudiger was aware of his admiration for his work, having transformed him from a fringe player into a pillar of his Chelsea defense. since he was appointed head coach a year ago.

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Rudiger has played 27 games under Thomas Tuchel this season

“I can’t predict the future and I don’t know if its representatives are talking to other clubs or not,” said Tuchel. “Of course it is possible, it’s January and he has not yet signed a new contract with us but we are in communication with him. The club is in dialogue with its people.

“I assume he is very aware of what I ask of him and how much I appreciate him. The level at which he is playing is still very high and exceptional. There is no doubt that the situation is worrying for that.

“My opinion is very clear, the club is doing its best with him so the situation hasn’t changed much.”

Di Marzio: Juventus not favored for the signing of Rudiger

Sky Italia transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio told Sky Sports News:

“Juventus spoke to Antonio Rudiger’s agent, but they are not too confident of being in pole position [to sign him]. There are bigger clubs that want to sign Rudiger.

“If he returns to Italy, Juventus would like to have him back. The strategy at the club is different now: less money, less investment, so if he has PSG or other important clubs in Spain, I don’t think Juventus is the favorite to sign him.”

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