Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel revealed that no one at the club likes the decision of Antonio Rudiger to leave. Tuchel revealed earlier in the week that the German center-back had made up his mind to leave the club. Reports suggest that he is close to agreeing on a four-year contract with Real Madrid. He has also been linked to Barcelona, Manchester United, and Paris Saint-Germain.

“I don’t think anybody likes it. He gives everybody confidence in the dressing room. He is a unique character and plays on an outstanding level. He sometimes takes the focus towards him, he loves responsibility,” Thomas Tuchel said about the decision made by Antonio Rudiger to leave. “Nobody likes this decision but we have to accept it. Like it or not there will be life at Chelsea after Toni. It is also the most important thing for us that it ends like it started, on the highest level. He’s a big personality and he’s helped us a lot. We’ve had amazing times here; he’s a good friend of mine and of course, if he leaves everyone at the club will miss him, not just me.”

“It is my job. No matter how the situation is solved and how active we can be in the transfer market, in the end we will dig in and we will try to squeeze out everything from the squad that we have,” he added. “I will fall in love with the squad I have then and push it to the limit. It was a pleasure every single day with Toni, I am concerned that we have talked too much about it in the past because there are still big things to achieve. From pre-season next season, life will go on whether we are happy about it or not and I will be fully involved with all my heart and all my knowledge.”

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