Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has finally confirmed Antonio Rudiger’s future at Stamford Bridge. The German tactician confirmed his team will leave Chelsea at the end of the season.
As is well known, Rudiger is under contract with the Blues until June 30, 2022. Chelsea failed to reach a new agreement with the 29-year-old defender. As a result, Rudiger had to go to another club.
The player’s agent has reportedly held talks with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United (MU) regarding a potential summer transfer. Rudiger’s transfer plan was also announced after Chelsea’s match against West Ham which ended 1–0 in favor of the Blues.
“(Regarding) Toni, the media is talking about it. His situation indicates that he wants to leave the club. He told this a few days ago in a private conversation,” Tuchel said on Sunday (4/24/2022) as reported by Metro.
Tuchel regretted the British government’s sanctions, which made it unable to extend Rudiger’s stay. In fact, the Blues should still have time and opportunity to offer a new deal to the player.
“We have given everything, both me and the club, but we can’t fight anymore because of the sanctions. (Without sanctions), we at least had a chance to try, (but) we couldn’t do anything for weeks,” continued the 48-year-old coach.
For information, Chelsea has been sanctioned by the British government because its owner, Roman Abramovich, is accused of having close relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. This condition prevented the Blues from buying and extending player contracts.
The club based at Stamford Bridge is also in danger of falling into poverty. They are prohibited from selling official club souvenirs and cannot sell tickets for home matches. As for the Chelsea audience at Stamford Bridge, only those who have purchased a canal ticket since the start of the season.
Antonio Rudiger is one of Chelsea’s mainstay players at Stamford Bridge. He has transformed into a key figure in Thomas Tuchel’s squad, since joining from AS Roma in 2017.
Rudiger is considered to have an important role at the back, which helped lead Chelsea to lift the Champions League trophy last season. No wonder Rudiger’s departure from Stamford Bridge will cause a big loss for the Blues.
“In terms of character and personality, he (Antonio Rudiger) is a key figure, he will stay like that until the end of the season. Of course it’s a shame (Rudiger had to leave Chelsea),” said Tuchel, as reported by Metro.
According to Tuchel, Rudiger not only plays a role on the gridiron, but also has a big influence in the dressing room. This is what makes the coach feel lost if Rudiger completes his move from Stamford Bridge.
“He has a huge influence in the dressing room. He is a person who gives courage to others. He is respected by everyone. He was a top defender throughout the last year and a half of his career. I respect what he does,” said the former PSG coach.
Chelsea actually did not want to lose Rudiger just like that. The Daily Express report in February claimed that the Blues had tried to offer a new contract to thwart the transfer of their flagship defender.
The agreement will make Rudiger’s salary increase by 40 thousand pounds compared to his current fee which reaches 100,000 pounds. Unfortunately, the former AS Roma player refused a new deal from Chelsea.
The Blues are again trying their luck with an informal bid that is approaching the £200,000-a-week mark. However, these efforts are still not enough to make Rudiger sign a new contract.
Rudiger actually admitted that he was happy to be at Chelsea. However, the Germany international hopes the club can pay him more – around £225,000 per week – if he wants him to stay in West London.
“I feel great here, I’ve always said that. I think (from) the way I play, you can see that I’m happy here. However, there are other people who also have to make decisions,” he told The Athletic in February, as quoted by Metro.