Antonio Rudiger decides to leave Chelsea: Reports

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has decided to end his five-year association with the Blues this summer, according to The Athletic.

Rudiger has been a key player for the Stamford Bridge side under Thomas Tuchel. The centre-back has made 71 appearances for the club since the German tactician’s arrival last year.

The German international also played an important role in Chelsea’s road to UEFA Champions League glory last season. However, there are serious doubts over Rudiger’s future at the club as he nears the final two months of his contract.

Reports this week claimed that Rudiger will make a decision on his future by the end of the month. It has now emerged that the 29-year-old has decided to leave Chelsea at the end of the season.

Rudiger will thus join another club on a free transfer to the summer transfer window. While it remains to be seen where the defender’s future lies, he will decide who he joins next week, according to the aforementioned source.

The German’s determination to make a decision on his future this month appears to have dealt a blow to the Blues’ hopes of retaining his services. Chelsea are unable to negotiate a new player deal as Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned and the club is currently up for sale.

Chelsea first approached Rudiger with a contract offer in August. However, the defender viewed the proposal as an insult and reportedly wanted £225,000 a week to sign a new deal.

The two sides then resumed talks over a new contract four months later, according to the report. Things seemed to be moving in a positive direction as they got closer to closing a new deal.

Tuchel’s side approached Rudiger with an improved offer in February if the report is to be believed. The deal would have seen him extend his stay at Stamford Bridge for another four years, while still being one of the club’s highest-paid players.

However, uncertainty surrounding the club’s ownership crippled negotiations. It looks like Rudiger is in no mood to wait for Chelsea to be taken over by the new owners.

Real Madrid keen on Rudiger from Chelsea

Rudiger has been free to enter into a pre-contract deal with clubs outside England since January. Barcelona, ​​Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), Juventus and Bayern Munich have reportedly been in contact with the defender over a possible transfer.

The Blues’ Premier League rivals Manchester United have also been credited with an interest in the defender. However, Real Madrid might be the favorites to land the German on a free transfer.

🚨🥇| Carlo Ancelotti personally requested the signing of Antonio Rudiger. He wants to strengthen the defense ahead of next season. @jfelixdiaz

Los Blancos Boss Carlo Ancelotti is a big fan of Rudiger and has reportedly asked the club to sign him. italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio even claimed on Friday that the La Liga giants are close to agreeing a deal for the defender.

Edited by Dakir Mohammad Thanveer

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