Antonio Rudiger: Chelsea not giving up on new deal as Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern Munich and Juventus open talks

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Antonio Rudiger: Chelsea not giving up on new deal as Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern Munich and Juventus open talks
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Thomas Tuchel insists Chelsea are still trying to agree a contract extension with in-demand defender Antonio Rudiger.

The German international is a key player under his compatriot at Stamford Bridge, but is out of contract at the end of the season with a fresh deal yet to be struck.

The opening of the January transfer window means Rudiger is now free to discuss a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs ahead of the summer, with reports suggesting that Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus are all now in talks with his representatives.

Tuchel admits he does not know where Rudiger’s future lies, but insisted that discussions were still ongoing between the influential centre-back and Chelsea.

“I cannot predict the future,” said Tuchel. “I do not know if his representatives talk to other clubs.

“Of course, it is possible now because it is January and he has not signed yet. As I understand it, we are in communication with him, the club is in communication with him.

Antonio Rudiger could leave Chelsea for nothing at the end of the season (AP)
Antonio Rudiger could leave Chelsea for nothing at the end of the season (AP)

“I know he is very aware how I appreciate to work with him. The point is very clear, the club is trying the very best and there are communications going on.”

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