Antonio Rudiger contract issue has been a major talking point in football right now. It is also a major concern for Chelsea supporters who will dread to see one of the team leaders and top performers leave the team in a similar pattern as Willian.
Rudiger has been linked with a host of tops teams in Europe with PSG, Real Madrid, and most recently Bayern Munich keen on his situation. The Bayern coach, Julian Nagelsmann has in a recent interview talked about his admiration of the defender. They will be closely monitoring the Antonio Rudiger contract issues.
Chelsea has been in negotiation with Antonio Rudiger’s camp in order to renew his contract which is due to expire by the end of the season. At 28, Rudiger understands how important this contract will be, as it might be his last big contract with the club.
It is understood that Antonio Rudiger is very happy at Chelsea, having settled in London, and enjoys a good working relationship with Thomas Tuchel.
The key issue is the wage demands. Chelsea offered Antonio Rudiger a contract. But Rudiger wants a salary that is measurable with the top earners at the club. He is said to be currently earning less than players such as Callum Hudson Odoi and loan signing, Saul Niguez.
Chelsea has always been careful in giving out long-term contracts to players above 30 years. An example was Willian who was offered eventually offered a two-year contract after a contract negotiation that dragged for a long time. He will leave Chelsea to team up with their rival, Arsenal.
Rudiger has become an important player for Chelsea after a difficult period with the club under Frank Lampard. He was sparingly used and deemed surplus to requirement. Chelsea offered him to many clubs in Europe such as Tottenham, Inter Milan.
His fortunes changed after the arrival of his compatriot, Thomas Tuchel. Rudiger became a mainstay in the three-man center-back setup used by the coach. He turned up with some stellar performances as Chelsea won the Champions League.
Chelsea will be hoping to resolve the Antonio Rudiger contract issues, and avoid losing him for free at the end of the season.