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03rd Jan 2022

Four European giants enter negotiations to sign Antonio Rudiger on free transfer

Daniel Brown

Rudiger is one of four defenders out of contract at the end of the season

Bayern Munich, Juventus, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have all reportedly opened talks with Antonio Rudiger’s representatives over a pre-contract agreement this month.

It is also thought that Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick is a big admirer of the German defender, and knows the Chelsea centre-back’s brother – who is also his agent – well.

Rudiger’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of the season and the 28-year-old is now free to discuss a deal with foreign clubs ahead of a free transfer in the summer.

Chelsea are desperate to extend the former Roma man’s current deal, and Rudiger’s representatives have not ruled out that possibility.

Despite this, the Blues’ most recent offer – which was made at the start of the campaign – was rejected by Rudiger as it would have seen him paid just half of what the club’s top earners make.

While Rudiger’s future at the club is uncertain, he remains focused on helping Chelsea to succeed this season, and is committed for the remainder of his contract.

Thomas Tuchel puts a significant amount of trust in Rudiger, with the Blues manager starting his compatriot on the left of his back three in 20 Premier League games this season – more than any other outfield player at the club.

The defender has chipped in with two goals and four assists so far this campaign, making a total of 26 appearances.

Rudiger – who joined Chelsea from Roma in July 2017 – has won the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League with the west London outfit.

He is one of three defenders who are out of contract in the summer, with captain Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen also out of contract at the end of the season.

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