Thomas Tuchel is keen for Antonio Rudiger to remain at Chelsea
Thomas Tuchel is keen for Antonio Rudiger to remain at Chelsea (Reuters)

Thomas Tuchel admits he has concerns over Chelsea’s defence if they lose Antonio Rudiger.

The Germany international has already entered the last year of his contract and could leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season if he fails to agree a new deal.

It’s understood that Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus have all opened talks to sign Rudiger on a free transfer this summer.

But Tuchel insists Chelsea are still trying to convince the defender to remain at the club, even though the situation ‘has not changed a lot’.

When asked if he believes Rudiger will remain at Chelsea beyond the end of the season, Tuchel replied: ‘I cannot predict the future.

‘I don’t know if his representatives have talked to other clubs, if you know so or assume so, fair enough.

Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, PSG and Juventus have all opened talks to sign Antonio Rudiger
Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, PSG and Juventus have all opened talks to sign Antonio Rudiger (Getty)

‘Of course, it is possible now because it’s January and he has not signed yet.

‘But as I understand it we are in communication with him, the club is in communication with him, I assume that he is very aware of what I demand from him and that I appreciate to work with him.

‘The level at which he is playing is still super high and outstanding, and there are no doubts that the situation is a concern for that.

‘The point is very clear, my opinion is very clear, the club is trying their very best, there are communications going on, it has not changed a lot.’

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