Antonio Rudiger’s stance on Chelsea future amid Real Madrid & PSG speculation

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Antonio Rudiger is out of contract at the end of the season (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Antonio Rudiger is open to staying at Chelsea but only if his wage demands are met, with the German aware of interest from Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

The defender had looked set to leave the Blues last January but the appointment of Thomas Tuchel to replace Frank Lampard revived Rudiger’s Stamford Bridge career.

The German is now a regular again for the Blues and the club have opened talks with Rudiger’s representatives to extend his contract, which is due to expire at the end of the season.

Rudiger is open to staying in west London but the 28-year-old is aware that this is set to be the last ‘big’ contract of his career and he wants to protect his future by exracting a large salary from the Blues.

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Rudiger is keen on staying at Chelsea (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

According to Goal, Chelsea’s preference remains to keep Rudiger but the club are ‘cautious’ over his demands and will not compromise their wage structure in order to keep the German.

Chelsea failed to land Jules Kounde from Sevilla in the summer after the La Liga giants refused to listen to offers for the Frenchman.

Sevilla instead insisted that the only way Kounde would leave the club was if the defender’s £68m release clause was activated.

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Real Madrid and PSG are both interested in signing Rudiger on a free transfer.

The Ligue 1 giants landed the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos on free transfers in the summer, while cash-strapped Madrid are on the lookout for cheap deals after cashing in on Raphael Varane.


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