Paul Robinson has claimed he would be surprised if Tottenham are able to persuade Antonio Rudiger to make a move across London in the summer but insisted the Antonio Conte factor cannot be discounted.

Rudiger’s current deal at Stamford Bridge runs out in the summer (Transfermarkt) and the centre-back has hinted recently that the ball is in Chelsea’s court in terms of a new contract (The Athletic).

It was previously reported that Tottenham were in contact with the former Roma man’s representatives regarding a free transfer at the end of the season (Football Insider).

Spurs have allegedly made ‘a very good offer’ to the 28-year-old but the North Londoners are thought to be facing competition from the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain for his signature (Dean Jones on The Football Terrace YouTube Channel).

Robinson has said that a leader like Rudiger is exactly what Spurs need but insisted the Lilywhites need to qualify for the Champions League to have any hope of snapping up the Chelsea man.

The former Tottenham number one told Football Insider: “Rudiger would be an unbelievable signing for Spurs. I would be surprised if they could persuade him to come. 

“To persuade him they would need Conte to stay and to qualify for the Champions League. The draw of working with Conte can’t be underestimated.

“He’s exactly what Spurs need though, a leader. They are lacking leaders on the field and off it. Rudiger is vocal in his organisation and that puts demands on others.

“I don’t see that happening at Spurs. Eric Dier and Harry Winks are the only two who I saw with leadership qualities on the field the other day.”

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I do not think the Conte factor is likely to be enough to convince Rudiger to join Spurs, particularly given that he is on the wishlist of some of Europe’s biggest clubs. 

The defender would also not want to destroy his legacy at Chelsea by making a move across the capital. So, I do not think Paratici and co would be wasting too much time pursuing a deal that looks near impossible. 

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