Rio Ferdinand names the only team he can see Antonio Rudiger leaving Chelsea for

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Antonio Rudiger is yet to commit his future to Chelsea

Antonio Rudiger is yet to commit his future to Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Rio Ferdinand has advised Antonio Rudiger to commit his future to Chelsea and insists there is only one club in Europe he can see the Germany international being tempted to join.

Having been virtually deemed surplus to requirements by Frank Lampard, the former Roma centre-half has emerged as an essential component of Thomas Tuchel’s near relentless winning machine.

The 28-year-old is currently in the best form of his career and has a number of Europe’s heavyweight clubs monitoring his situation with talks over a new contract having stalled.

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Antonio Rudiger starred in Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Juventus last night (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea are believed to be reluctant to cave into Rudiger’s demands, with the former Roma star looking for a salary in excess of £200,000-a-week, but Ferdinand believes the player would be best served by committing to his current club, unless Bayern Munich were to make a suitable offer.

‘I’d stay,’ said Ferdinand when asked what he would do in Rudiger’s position. ‘I’d sign because you’ve got a genuine chance of winning the Premier League and European competitions.

‘Tuchel’s come in and changed the fortunes of all those players lives. They won the Champions League immediately and I watched Chelsea last weekend and they’re formidable.

‘They are a team. Rudiger’s playing the best football I’ve ever seen. As a player do you risk changing that, and risk a downturn in form and performance and risk it by going somewhere else. I only see Bayern Munich as being on the same level. I think Bayern Munich are above Chelsea.

‘But if he goes to Bayern Munich he’s going to be in a genuinely important league and he’s got a chance of winning the Champions League with the players there.

‘I can’t see him going to Real Madrid and Barcelona where the teams are in transition. If you’re looking at Champions League they’re behind Chelsea and Bayern Munich.

‘I was offered to go to big clubs during my Manchester United career but I stayed based on the fact I thought I had more chance of winning the Champions League and league titles at Man United than at the other teams.’


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