Chelsea is about to have big problem involving Antonio Rudiger

It is vital that Chelsea tie Antonio Rudiger down to a new deal after allowing Kurt Zouma to leave the club last month, according to journalist Paul Brown.

What’s the latest news involving Rudiger?

Rudiger’s current contract, worth £100,000 per-week,

is due to expire next summer.

Chelsea are looking to agree terms over a new deal,

but the central defender stalled over the club’s offer

of a new £140,000-per-week contract earlier this month.

It is thought that the west Londoners will have to

make Rudiger one of the club’s highest paid players

if they are to strike deal, with six of European

football’s top clubs reportedly ready to offer the

Germany international a pre-contract in January

ahead of a free transfer.

But Chelsea could be frustrated in their efforts to

keep the 28-year-old as it has been claimed that

Rudiger is set to make himself one of the highest

paid defenders in history by taking a £400,000-per-

week pay packet abroad, with Bayern Munich and

Juventus among those lying in wait.

Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic

distanced the reigning Bundesliga champions from a

potential deal.

But that came after head coach Julian

Nagelsmann spoke glowingly of Rudiger.

What has Paul Brown said about Rudiger?

Brown thinks the £29.8million sale of Zouma to

London rivals West Ham United makes it even more

important that Chelsea keep 6ft 3in defender Rudiger

beyond the end of the season.

The journalist also claims Thiago Silva’s days at

Stamford Bridge could be numbered.

Brown told GIVEMESPORT: “I think he is a very, very

important member of the squad at the moment, even if

you just look at the influence in the dressing room and

on the players around him rather than what he does on

the pitch. 

If they were allowing him to go, they’d definitely have a

problem because Thiago Silva is getting older and may

not even be around next season, let alone for any

longer than that.

“You look beyond that and they’re a little bit light

because they allowed Zouma to go while expecting to

get another centre-back in, but that didn’t happen.”

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