Antonio Rudiger is delighted to learn that Thomas Tuchel wants him to sign a new deal with Chelsea. The German defender is willing to discuss terms after the European Championship this summer. After four seasons at Stamford Bridge, the commanding 28-year-old is nearing the end of his new contract.
Transfer rumors have surfaced at different times, with Rudiger not always being a sure starter, but he has found favor under Tuchel and is now set to remain in west London for the foreseeable future.
“Nothing is better than what he is doing with a new deal,” Blues manager Tuchel said of a center-back who has led his team to a top-four finish in the Premier League and a spot in the Champions League final.
“He has our full support to remain at the club if he needs a new deal.” His performances are speaking for him. He’s been incredible from the beginning.”
In response to those remarks, Rudiger told Kicker, “That’s cool, and I’m happy as well.”
“You always base your decisions to a degree on the coaching staff, but you will never rely on them in the long run. We will talk after the European Championships.”
Rudiger has made 33 starts for Chelsea this season in all competitions. 24 of them comes under Tuchel, who took over from club hero Frank Lampard in January.
With the Blues preparing for a European showdown with domestic rivals Manchester City on Saturday. A team they have already battered in the league and FA Cup competition this season. He is looking for one more outing.
On pursuing a continental title, Rudiger added: “We are aware the City will have the ball more often than we do. However, there are more or less straightforward duels in the back row. Any defender should be willing to engage in one-on-one duels. You can’t give Ilkay [Gundogan], [Phil] Foden, [Riyad] Mahrez, [Kevin] De Bruyne enough room. We have to labor tirelessly. Above all, be able to sacrifice if we don’t get high into midfield pressing. And play the balls to the tip.”