Antonio Rudiger recently took a break from Chelsea due to groin and groin muscle complaints – the decision was made as a precaution not to risk serious injury, which means his participation in the FA Cup Final against Liverpool on May 14. could be endangered. Despite this self-imposed creative interruption, the Germany international watched his undecorated side’s 1-0 home win over West Ham United in the stands on Sunday, cementing Chelsea to third place in the Premier League table.
The little break was a good idea for Rudiger to say a word about his future at Chelsea. In the summer of 2017, the club released him from Roma for 35 million euros and gave him a five-year contract – this now expires at the end of June. But Rudiger has remained silent, similar to the previous season, not saying a word about his career ambitions this time either.
Instead, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel commented after the league game – and announced that Rudiger had told him “in a private conversation” that he was leaving the club at the end of the season. Tuchel revealed he was a “very strong person” in keeping his player, just as Chelsea would have made “everything with huge offers” to keep him. But in the end, the club’s hands were “cuffed” with penalties.
For Rudiger, 29, it’s about the last truly lucrative decade of his career
For nearly a year, the club has been trying in vain to renew the working relationship with Rudiger, who aims to double his annual salary, estimated at six million euros, thus becoming the club’s most profitable defender. Date. But at first, Chelsea was not willing to give in to financial demands – and suddenly that was no longer possible because the British government made the owner’s club that Roman Abramovich still cannot act because of his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Until the complex sale of the club is completed, Chelsea will not be allowed to sign new players or renew contracts with professionals who have already been employed.
Rudiger’s position at Chelsea hasn’t really been easy in previous years, mainly due to Tuchel’s predecessor Frank Lampard, who quietly dumped Rudiger at the start of the pre-season. Although Rudiger had a great reputation at the time, particularly with general manager Marina Granovskaya, Chelsea allowed club icon Lampard to do so, which is said to have disappointed Rudiger greatly. With the tide turning in his favour with the change of manager, he was a fan favorite and a passionate leader of the team, with consistently strong performances raising his market value – and with it the price of staying in London.
During his tenure, Rudiger was “simply brilliant”, praising Tuchel, so he deserves my “full support”. Tuchel put this into practice right away by not taking the “disappointing” goodbye personally” and even seemed to have some understanding of the decision.
At the age of 29, Rudiger is tackling the last truly lucrative decade of his career. It has already been decided that he will move to Real Madrid on a free transfer after the season. Los Blancos are tempting Rudiger with a massive financial package and the prospect of taking on the role of defender Sergio Ramos, who moved to Paris earlier this season. At Real Madrid, Rüdiger could make up one of the best central defenders in the world alongside David Alaba (who came from Munich before the season). Under Tuchel’s leadership, the extremely talented Rudiger, who has all the essential qualities of an outstanding defender with his determination, vitality and offensive power, has matured into a captain. Through his unconditional commitment, Tuchel says, Rüdiger exudes a “certain fear factor” for opponents. Therefore, his team “will miss him very much”.
Chelsea fear more professionals will leave the club after Rudiger
The farewell hit Chelsea in particular because the club feared for its competitiveness more than ever. In addition to Rudiger, the club is said to have had to allow another defender to go without a transfer in the summer, Andreas Christensen, who is courted by FC Barcelona, among others. It is also unclear to what extent defensive strategist Thiago Silva, whose remaining goal in his career is a World Cup title with Brazil at the end of the year, will still be able to meet the demands of a major club at the age of 37. Even regarding captain Cesar Azpilicueta, 32, the longest-serving professional on the team, there are persistent rumors that his time in London could end soon – although his contract was recently automatically extended by a year as a result of the number of times he has been involved. It arrived.
The loss of defensive prowess, always seen as a masterpiece for Tuchel’s side, is of growing concern among some players who, without a suitable replacement, are questioning their prospects at Chelsea. But for any talks with potential additions, the club must first obtain approval. Although he would, of course, Tuchel said calmly, “No grass” grows faster if he pulls it on. Therefore, Tuchel and Chelsea currently have no choice but to be patient.