The Athletic have claimed that Antonio Rudiger, who was the subject of interest from Tottenham Hotspur last summer, is in no rush to commit his future to Chelsea.
Tottenham reportedly made a last-ditch attempt to sign Rudiger last summer after their pursuit of Milan Skriniar collapsed but the Chelsea man decided to stay put at Stamford Bridge.
His decision eventually proved to be the right one as he won back a place in the starting eleven after Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard at the helm and went on to play an important role in the Blues’ Champions League triumph.
Spurs are reportedly prioritising strengthening at centre-back during this summer’s transfer window.
It remains to be seen whether they would be willing to reignite their interest in Rudiger but if reports are to be believed the German is certainly not committed to staying put at Stamford Bridge.
The Athletic explain that the 28-year-old, who has 12 months left to run on his contract, is not in a hurry to sign a new deal and could decide to leave on a free transfer next summer.
Rudiger is said to be aware that his next contract could be the final big one of his career and is thus keen on a significant pay rise and a long-term deal.
A number of clubs across Europe are allegedly showing interest in the centre-back.
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If Rudiger does not extend his contract, Chelsea might well decide to cash in on him this summer in order to avoid losing him on a free in 12 months. However, I doubt they would be willing to do business with us given the bad blood between Daniel Levy and Roman Abramovich. I also do not think Rudiger would want to tarnish his Chelsea legacy by making a move across London.
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