Chelsea set to lose key man as Tuchel bemoans penalties – RT Sport News

Chelsea and Germany defender Antonio Rudiger has reportedly agreed a four-year deal with Real Madrid after his desire to leave was confirmed by manager Thomas Tuchel over the weekend.

The Daily Mail reported on Monday that Rudiger turned down bigger offers from other European giants such as Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Barcelona after telling Chelsea he wanted to leave at the end of the season.

Still, what he would have accepted from the La Liga giants is worth more than the £230,000-a-week ($292,000) proposition Chelsea offered Rudiger to stay in west London.

Should Madrid land the 29-year-old, an almost decade-long quest to see him in Los Blancos colors since Rudiger’s Stuttgart-era watch would be successful.

Rudiger joined Chelsea from Roma in 2017 on a five-year deal which expires on June 30. But British government sanctions imposed on Roman Abramovich for alleged links to Russian President Vladimir Putin have limited Chelsea’s ability to buy and sell new players or offer attractive current stars. new contracts.

Simultaneously, the club was also put up for sale, as Abramovich was in no way able to profit from a purchase supervised by the British authorities acting in response to the Russian military operation in Ukraine.

On Sunday, following a 1-0 win over West Ham, Tuchel confirmed that Rudiger would end his half-decade tenure at Chelsea as a free agent in the coming weeks following the FA Cup final against Liverpool on May 14, and therefore will not wait. around to see who the new owners are.

“The situation is that he wants to leave the club. He told me about it in a private conversation,” Tuchel explained to Sky Sports.

“We gave everything – me and the club – but we couldn’t fight anymore because of the actions” Tuchel continued. “Without the sanctions, we would at least be able to keep fighting, but our hands are tied. We don’t take it personally. It’s his decision.

“He’s a key figure and he will remain so until the end of the season. But it’s disappointing. We will miss him a lot. He gives courage in the dressing room.

“The kind that everyone is afraid of, but the kind that plays 50-55 games at an exceptional level. He is for me one of the best defenders of the last year and a half. Then we have to find another solution. “ Tuchel lamented, although he has no idea what could be given to Chelsea’s current situation, with captain Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen also ready to step on frees across the backline.

“In the moment [we won’t be able to replace him], because of the sanctions. Hopefully sanctions will be a thing of the past.” said Tuchel.

“We had a connection from day one and he deserves my full support,” Tuchel started again on Rudiger. “I’m just happy that I had the chance to train him in the team and the club did too. We had offers, big offers and the club tried everything but we can’t fight anymore. .

“We have the sanctions, we can’t continue. That’s how it is”, Tuchel underlined. “It would be ideal [for sanctions to be lifted before the transfer window] but even if you want to, you can’t pull the grass so that it grows faster.

“We have to face reality. Sanctions are still in place and the situation is not settled for next season. We are trying to focus on the final weeks,” Tuchel concluded.

Just as regrettable as Tuchel regarding Rudiger’s future departure was club legend John Terry, who questioned: “How did we let this man go? on Instagram.

Rudiger will leave the British capital lifting every major trophy in England except the EFL Cup, as well as winning everything on offer in Europe as well as the Club World Cup earlier this year.

Perhaps following him through the exit door is a character who achieved far less in Romelu Lukaku, though.

Joining for a club record £97.5m ($124m) from Inter Milan last summer, the Belgian is currently plagued by a second flop at Chelsea, but Calciomercato reports that new contacts have been established by the striker with the Nerazzurri board as a potential Serie A return.

For that to happen, it looks like Chelsea would have to loan the 28-year-old back to the Italians, with Lukaku also taking a considerable pay cut.

Currently earning 13-14 million euros ($14-15 million) a year, Lukaku is expected to revise his expectations down by around 7-8 million euros ($7.5-8.6 million). ), as Inter apparently couldn’t exceed 6–6.5 million euros ($6.4–7 million) per term.

Transfer speculation aside, Chelsea must now focus on their next Premier League clash at Manchester United on Thursday, where three points are essential to lock in third place and automatic Champions League qualification next season.


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