Thomas Tuchel has revealed he is hopeful that Antonio Rudiger, who was previously a transfer target for Tottenham, will sign a new contract at Chelsea.
Tottenham reportedly made a last-ditch attempt to sign Rudiger in the summer of 2020 after their pursuit of Milan Skriniar collapsed but the Chelsea man decided to stay put at Stamford Bridge.
It was alleged at the time that Spurs made a loan offer for the centre-back which Chelsea accepted but the German international was not keen on making a temporary move to North London (The Athletic’s David Ornstein).
The German international’s decision to stay at Chelsea was vindicated as he won back a place in the starting eleven after Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard at the helm last season and went on to play an important role in the Blues’ Champions League triumph.
However, Rudiger is now into the final year of his contract with the Blues and is yet to agree on a new deal, with some sources alleging that Tottenham are continuing to keep tabs on the defender’s situation.
Tuchel has now said that he sees no reason for the former Roma man to leave.
When asked about Rudiger’s contract situation, the Chelsea boss said (The Daily Mail): “I hope that they find solutions, but it’s not only between coaches and players, and what we wish for,’ said Tuchel.
“And that’s why it’s between the club, the players and the agent at the moment. We hope that they find the solution and all I can say is he’s playing excellently, and for a long time has been very consistent, on a very high level.
“I feel him very calm and focused, and it’s not a distraction for him. So everything is in place, and give things the time they need. Sometimes it needs a bit longer, sometimes things are very fast.
“There’s no news from my side, and I think that Toni feels very, very good at Chelsea, he feels very respected by his teammates and he feels the importance that he has in the team and in the squad.
“That’s well deserved because he delivers, he feels the love from the supporters when he plays. He’s in the strongest league in Europe, in a big club, so there are not many reasons to change that.
“But in the end, it’s between him and the club, and that’s in good hands. I am calm and relaxed. Whatever has to happen will happen.”
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If Rudiger does decide not to renew his contract, one would expect plenty of clubs from across Europe to be interested in the German. So, I doubt if he would want to join Spurs and tarnish his Chelsea legacy.
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