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
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
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.”