Antonio Rudiger speaks on Chelsea future amid contract uncertainty


The German defender’s current deal at Stamford Bridge expires next summer.

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger will be out of contract in the summer of 2022 and his name is on the wish list of Europe’s top clubs.

There have been reports of him demanding higher wages for his new contract, which is causing the Blues to stall his new deal.

Once looked out of place, Rudiger regained his form under Thomas Tuchel and he is now being considered a top centre-back.

The 28-year-old has now opened up on the speculations regarding his future, stating that he feels happy at Stamford Bridge at the moment while adding that his agent and the club had held talks regarding a new deal.

Rudiger said (h/t Mirror): “The most important thing is that I feel happy here. I think if people look at it, they can see I’m happy.

“About the contract situation, I talk with the club. This is for nobody’s ears. It was how I said it would be after the Euros – there would be talks.

“There was a talk between Marina and my agent. We have the situation where we are at now and I have nothing to do with all the speculation.

“This is not in my mind. I’m focused on what I’m doing because this is why I wake up every morning.”

Rudiger has become a staple in the defence under his compatriot Tuchel and also played a key role behind the Blues winning the Champions League title last season.

Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Juventus are some of the top clubs keeping tabs on his situation.

Rudiger also spoke about Tuchel’s influence on his revival, stating that the German manager gave him the license to be aggressive and a leader.

The German defender added: “Tuchel gave me new life. I wouldn’t say he said, ‘You have to be the biggest speaker in the dressing room.

“I’m not like this. I like to show everything on the pitch. He told me what he expects – my natural game: to be aggressive, to be a leader.”