Premier League manager admits ‘concern’ over rumoured Spurs target’s future

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Thomas Tuchel has admitted that Antonio Rudiger’s contract situation is a matter of concern for Chelsea amidst speculation linking the defender with a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

Rudiger’s current contract at Chelsea runs out at the end of the season and the Blues have so far failed with their attempts to renew the defender’s deal.

According to reports, Tottenham are in contact with the defender’s representative on a daily basis, with the North London club said to be trying to strike an agreement ahead of a free transfer in the summer.

Spurs’ managing director of football Fabio Paratici is alleged to be spearheading the club’s pursuit of Rudiger, with the Lilywhites thought to be facing competition from Bayern Munich and Real Madrid for the centre-back.

Tuchel has now admitted that he is unaware as to whether Rudiger’s representatives are speaking to other clubs but insisted Chelsea remain in contact with the defender’s camp.

The Chelsea boss said about the 28-year-old’s contract situation (via The Metro): “I cannot predict the future. I don’t know if his representatives have talked to other clubs, if you know so or assume so, fair enough.

“Of course, it is possible now because it’s January and he has not signed yet.

“But as I understand it we are in communication with him, the club is in communication with him, I assume that he is very aware of what I demand from him and that I appreciate to work with him.

“The level at which he is playing is still super high and outstanding, and there are no doubts that the situation is a concern for that.

“The point is very clear, my opinion is very clear, the club is trying their very best, there are communications going on, it has not changed a lot.”

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It seems unlikely that Rudiger is going to sign a contract extension at Chelsea. However, I doubt if the centre-back is a realistic target for Spurs, given that he is likely to have many offers from around Europe should he be available on a free transfer.

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