Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger’s representatives are in “constant dialogue” with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, with currently no talks taking place over a new contract at Stamford Bridge.
Discussions between the center-back’s representatives and Chelsea had taken place in January but, as yet, no new, improved official offer has been tabled.
Rudiger’s contract is up in the summer and he says he is happy at the club, but insists “there are also other people who have to make decisions”.
Sky Sports News has now been told there have been no talks with Chelsea over a new deal for over a month.
Rudiger’s decision on where he plays next season will be primarily motivated by the football project.
Rudiger is unlikely to make a decision on his future until the summer for two reasons. Firstly, he has too much respect and love for Chelsea and does not want it to distract from an important end to the season.
Secondly, he wants to weigh up all his options – both clubs in Europe and the Premier League. Signing a new deal at Chelsea has not been ruled out and we have previously reported Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick is a long term admirer of the player.
Rudiger’s Chelsea contract is up in the summer and he is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club.
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Real Madrid are one of a number of European clubs interested in signing Rudiger on a pre-contract agreement – and talks are ongoing with Rudiger’s representatives.
Paris Saint-Germain are also thought to be keen, though any potential move to Paris has been complicated by the uncertain future of head coach Mauricio Pochettino. Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick is also a long-term admirer of Rudiger.
It is understood Chelsea would have to make the 28-year-old Germany international the highest-paid defender in the Premier League to keep him, while foreign clubs know they could potentially make up the required financial package in the form of signing-on bonuses as a move would not require a transfer fee.
Rudiger himself is fully focused on playing for Chelsea. Head coach Thomas Tuchel continues to pick him despite his contract situation – Rudiger has played more minutes than any other Chelsea player this season.
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