Antonio Rudiger is considering leaving Stamford Bridge as he is no closer to agreeing
a new contract with Chelsea and he could leave as a free agent next summer.
Rudiger joined the Blues from Roma in 2017 and quickly turned into one of the team’s
key figures in defense but his current contract runs out on June 2022.
NSL Understands the star center-back is in no rush to discuss his future at Stamford
Bridge because he wishes to focus on Euro 2020 where he represents Germany.
But the 28-year-old also understands that whatever contract he signs next will probably
be his career’s last big one.
Therefore, the German international wants a four-year deal that would make him one of
Chelsea’s top 10 earners.
Rudiger is currently outside the top 10 even though he has played a major role in the
Blues’ recent success.
NSL also understands a number of clubs from the top leagues in Europe are showing
an interest, especially at the prospect of picking Rudiger up on a free transfer next
summer. The 28-year-old can start negotiating with foreign clubs and sign a pre-contract
with one of them in January 2022. With many leading sides abroad suffering financially
due to the impact of COVID-19, acquiring free agents has become even more desirable.
Rudiger showed how he is one of the best defenders in the game during Chelsea’s
remarkable run to win the Champions League. But he feels like his best form is still to
come. He admitted in March that staying at Chelsea ‘will always be my priority number
one’, but it’s also clear a departure hasn’t been ruled out.