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Bayern Munich reportedly the latest club to open contract talks with Chelsea defender

Bayern Munich reportedly the latest club to open contract talks with Chelsea defender

Rudiger the best defender in the league?

Following another impressive string of displays at the beginning of the season, Antonio Rudiger is making a strong case as the best defender in the Premier League at present.

That is certainly the opinion of former Manchester United and England star Rio Ferdinand, who, speaking on his YouTube channel this week, said:

“Since Tuchel has come I think he’s arguably been the best centre-back. I think him and Dias would have been close but the effect he has had on his team has been immense.”

Rudiger’s star continues to rise, too, with a goal against Tottenham capping off another fine performance in Chelsea blue last weekend, and his ability to carry the ball from the left side of defence one of the key factors in Thomas Tuchel’s 5-2-2-1 system, freeing up space for players around him.

Contract situation leaves Chelsea in the lurch

However, the-28 year-old German is out of contract next summer, along with three of his fellow defenders (Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, and Cesar Azpilicueta). While there is optimism surrounding the future of Christensen, the waters are far muddier when it comes to Rudiger.

And now, as per Goal.com, Bayern Munich have entered into contract talks with the defender, who has been a Premier League ever-present so far this campaign. While the Bavarian club are exploring the option, the report is quick to stress that “talks are purely preliminary at this stage”.

Nevertheless, Bayern join a train of suitors that also includes European heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, all chasing the Chelsea man’s signature.

Will Tuchel and a successful season be enough to convince Rudiger to remain at Stamford Bridge? Or will he be seeking a new challenge elsewhere come May?

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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2 Liverpool FC 7 11 15
3 Manchester City 7 11 14
4 Manchester United 7 8 14
5 Everton FC 7 5 14
6 Brighton & Hove Albion 7 3 14
7 Brentford FC 7 4 12
8 Tottenham Hotspur 7 -4 12
9 West Ham United 7 4 11
10 Aston Villa 7 1 10
11 Arsenal FC 7 -5 10
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 -1 9
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14 Crystal Palace 7 -3 7
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16 Leeds United 7 -7 6
17 Southampton FC 7 -5 4
18 Burnley FC 7 -6 3
19 Newcastle United 7 -8 3
20 Norwich City 7 -14 1

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Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 4
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 4
Greenwood, Mason Manchester United 4
Townsend, Andros Everton FC 3
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 3
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