Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is out of contract in June and has reportedly received a very lucrative contract offer from German champions Bayern Munich
Chelsea’s hopes of retaining Antonio Rudiger have taken a dent, with Bayern Munich reportedly willing to give the defender Antonio Rudiger a £200,000-a-week deal to move to Bavaria.
The Germany international, 28, is out of contract in June and is keeping his cards close to his chest over his future.
Rudiger, who has been a cornerstone of Thomas Tuchel’s side having looked on his way out of Stamford Bridge under Frank Lampard, is looking to secure a big pay increase on his next deal.
He can start negotiating his next contract with clubs based outside of England from January.
And according to German outlet Bild, Bayern will give Rudiger the £10million annual salary he desires.
The former Roma star’s current deal at Stamford Bridge is believed to worth around half of that amount.
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Although there are just seven months remaining on his existing deal, Rudiger has been reluctant to discuss his future with the press.
“For now I am only concentrating on what is happening right now,” he told reporters earlier this week. “I owe that to the club, the coach and the team.
“I’m currently only focused on Chelsea. We’ll see what happens.”
Rudiger’s form has improved significantly since Tuchel was appointed Chelsea manager in January, missing just one Premier League game this term.
“Tuchel gave me new life,” the player said in October. “I wouldn’t say he said, ‘You have to be the biggest speaker in the dressing room.’
“I’m not like this. I like to show everything on the pitch. He told me what he expects – my natural game: to be aggressive, to be a leader.”
Speaking in September, Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann insisted he hasn’t discussed signing Rudiger with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.
“I haven’t spoken to Brazzo [Salihamidzic] about it and if I did, I wouldn’t tell you either,” the German coach told reporters.
“I just read that in the media as well. I’ll have to see when the contract expires and then I’ll see if I still have money in my wallet.”
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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand is a huge fan of Rudiger, claiming he’s been one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League in 2021.
“Since Tuchel has come I think he’s arguably been the best centre-back,” said Ferdinand in September. I think him and [Ruben] Dias would have been close but the effect he has had on his team has been immense.
“Under Frank [Lampard, the previous Chelsea manager], it was evident he wasn’t Frank’s cup of tea. He didn’t really like him.
“There was rumours there were trying to put him in the market to be sold. In Germany, he’s always been highly thought of.
“But when the manager doesn’t rate you and you can feel that, I don’t care who you are your confidence takes a beating and it’s hard to perform at that level.”
Tuchel has previously expressed his desire for Rudiger to stay, stating: “We hope that they find the solution… he plays excellent.”
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