Antonio Rudiger: Malang Sarr reveals why Chelsea must keep ‘influential’ defender - ‘He is amazing’

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Antonio Rudiger: Malang Sarr reveals why Chelsea must keep ‘influential’ defender - ‘He is amazing’
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Malang Sarr has spelled out exactly why Chelsea must keep hold of Antonio Rudiger.

The Germany international scored the only goal of the game in last night’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg win against Tottenham to secure a place in next month’s Wembley showpiece.

Rudiger is out of contract in the summer and is yet to accept any of Chelsea’s advances, with Europe’s leading clubs desperate to lure him away from Stamford Bridge.

But the centre-back, who could earn upwards of £300,00 a week as a free agent, is believed to be happy to commit his future to the club, if they can meet his personal demands.

Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are all in the race for Rudiger’s signature, but Thomas Tuchel is desperate to see him stay.

And Sarr has revealed what a key figure the 28-year-old is at the club.

“He is amazing on and off the pitch,” said the defender. “What you see is him on the pitch always giving his heart, giving energy and always helping his team-mates and you can see how influential he is.

“He’s not just big, he’s a good, good player with the ball and he always tries to help the team, not just himself, to bring the toughness to the squad and just to lead.”

Addressing Rudiger’s future, Sarr added: “This is something I don’t know, but I know he’s a great player and he’s with us every day in training, helping his team-mates and to see him. I really enjoy to be around him every day and play with him.”

Rudiger’s first-half header killed off last night’s tie, giving Chelsea a 3-0 aggregate lead to book a third major final in less than 12 months under Tuchel, following the FA Cup and Champions League last season.

He has remained a pivotal figure, despite the ongoing uncertainty surrounding his future as he enters the final months of his contract.

Tuchel remains hopeful he can be convinced to stay at the club, believing his connection with Chelsea will prove the ultimate deciding factor.

Antonio Rudiger sealed Chelsea’s 3-0 aggregate win over Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semis (IKIMAGES/AFP via Getty Images)
Antonio Rudiger sealed Chelsea’s 3-0 aggregate win over Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semis (IKIMAGES/AFP via Getty Images)

Tuchel said: “We have lots to offer. He is the player that he is in a Chelsea shirt, in a Chelsea environment. I think he knows it very well.”

Former Chelsea player and current academy coach Ashley Cole echoed the importance of convincing Rudiger to reject interest from elsewhere.

He told Sky Sports: “You can't lose top, top key players in this dressing room. I think he can do everything.

“He can play out from the back, he can start attacks, he doesn't like to be beat one-v-one, so he puts his body on the line. He's becoming a real leader.

“He's so good with the younger players. They come back to us and say how good he has been with them. Chelsea need to keep him around the dressing room.

“I played with him at Roma. He has a great attitude in training, he always wants to be the best. He's integral to Chelsea and how they want to play. He's aggressive, not letting players come off him."

Rudiger insists his focus is on the pitch at a time when he is in the form of his life.

“I am enjoying it,” he said. “You have to see it in chapters. I am enjoying this chapter. It is the best time of my career.

“There are a lot of tough games to play. The schedule is getting busier and busier and we have to be up for it.”

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