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Concern for Chelsea? Antonio Rüdiger contract update as European clubs monitor situation

Concern for Chelsea? Antonio Rüdiger contract update as European clubs monitor situation

Rüdiger & Chelsea remain locked in contract discussions

Key Chelsea center-back Antonio Rüdiger remains far from securing a contract extension at Stamford Bridge past the current 2021-22 season.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the German international remains keen to remain at Chelsea beyond the season. But despite ongoing negotiations between both parties, Rüdiger and the Blues are still said to be a long way away from reaching a mutual agreement as things stand.

To complicate matters, Football.London reported that Rüdiger was looking to receive a massive wage boost if he was to extend terms with Chelsea, with a desired wage packet climbing to a staggering £400,000/week and on level terms with Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.

Whether or not Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia is prepared to sanction the club in spending that amount on a center-back who is pushing 30-years-old despite his massively improved performances under Thomas Tuchel remains to be seen.

European giants keen on German defender

Another potential spanner in the works of any agreement that could be reached between Rüdiger and Chelsea comes by way of European giants Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Concern for Chelsea? Antonio Rüdiger contract update as European clubs monitor situation

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 01: Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea celebrates with Tammy Abraham after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea FC at The King Power Stadium on February 01, 2020 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The continental pair are both intently monitoring the contract situation at Stamford Bridge involving the key central defender, while according to ESPN as for yesterday, both clubs are confident that they could complete a move for the VfB Stuttgart youth academy graduate.

“The interest honours me. That shows that I’ve done a few things right recently but I don’t let myself be distracted. I have an obligation to my club to perform well.” Note: quotes from ESPN article linked above

Apart from Real and Bayern, Serie A giants Juventus and Ligue 1 financial organization Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be keen according to the same ESPN report.

With interest in Rüdiger growing across some of the top clubs in Europe, there is no guarantee that Chelsea will be able to secure one of Tuchel’s chief on-pitch lieutenant’s for the foreseeable future.

This article was edited by Ben Browning.

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