Chelsea continued their quest for the Premier League title by securing a hard-fought win over Brentford on Saturday. The victory helped the Blues stay at the top of the table, a point ahead of second-placed Liverpool.
Antonio Rudiger has informed Chelsea he wants to leave the club next year, according to Caught Offside via Todo Fichajes. The German defender is in the final year of his current contract. The Blues remain eager to tie him down to a new deal. However, negotiations have hit a standstil,l and it now appears that the player cannot be convinced to put pen to paper on a new contract.
Rudiger has turned over a new leaf since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea. The German defender became an influential figure under his compatriot, and has been indispensable for the Blues since then. Tuchel thinks highly of Rudiger, and wants the latter to be the mainstay of his backline. However, the former AS Roma star has informed the club he wants to leave.
The development will come as a huge blow for Tuchel, especially as Rudiger was pivotal to Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League triumph last season. The Blues will also have to spend a fortune to replace the German, which could affect their spending next year. Rudiger prefers a move to Real Madrid, who will be over the moon at the opportunity to sign him for free next summer