Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Antonio Rudiger will leave Chelsea on a free transfer after rejecting a new contract offer.
The German defender is out of contract this summer and the Blues wanted to keep the centre-back, who has been one of their best players this season.
However, his five-season association with the west London side is now set to come to an end.
Speaking after Chelsea’s 1-0 win over West Ham, Tuchel confirmed the news of the centre-back’s decision.
“The situation seems to be that he is going to leave the club,” he said.
“He informed me a few days ago after a personal interview.
“I have the feeling that we gave everything for many months, me personally, and also the club gave everything.
“Now we are in a situation where we cannot fight anymore because of the sanctions, and now Toni has said he will leave the club.”
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According to The Telegraph, Rudiger turned down an offer worth £200,000 a week.
This was thought to be in line with the players’ request, but his representatives then wanted a signing fee worth over £10million, a similar amount in agent fees and a higher salary for Rudiger.
And the report adds that Chelsea now think it’s too much.
With the Blues also unable to secure any new deals until their ownership crisis is resolved, the 29-year-old is said to be unwilling to wait for the situation to be resolved.
Rudiger is now ready to leave Stamford Bridge for nothing, with a reporter Fabrice Romano adds: “Antonio Rudiger will leave Chelsea on a free transfer as he can’t wait more than 2 months for the new owners. No bids on the table. He’s always been respectful, but it’s time for a new challenge. It’s over .
“…Real Madrid are close to reaching an agreement to sign Rudiger.”
Rudiger’s representatives have reportedly spoken to Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are also said to be an interested party with further talks over the defender’s future.
If Old Trafford is a preferred destination for Rudiger, he will have to wait to discuss terms until the end of his current deal on June 30.
Rudiger will join Andreas Christensen in leaving the club this summer with the Dane all but confirmed as a Barcelona player. Christensen is also expected to leave this summer.
But Cesar Azpilicueta has so far allayed any defensive concerns by initiating a one-year contract extension.
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