Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia is ready to begin new contract talks with Antonio Rudiger as a matter of urgency after he became a vital cog in Thomas Tuchel’s side.
The Germany defender had fallen down the pecking order under Frank Lampard and appeared destined to leave.
That has led to continuing speculation that a move across London to Tottenham was on the cards. Indeed, our exclusive revealed how Rudiger skipped a game back in September in order to push through the move.
However, a change of manager has dramatically changed the outlook for Rudiger. Since Tuchel replaced Lampard at the helm in January, he has become a regular under his compatriot.
His form in the heart of defence has been nothing short of inspired, with their top-four push now firmly back on track. In the 12 games Tuchel has been in charge, Chelsea have kept 10 clean sheets. Rudiger has started in eight of those games.
Indeed, in his 20 appearances for Chelsea this season, the Blues have 15 clean sheets.
However, with his contract due to expire in summer 2022, Chelsea are well aware of the need to tie Rudiger down. Failure to do so in the next few weeks will see them vulnerable to his sale this summer.
He would also be eligible to open talks with interested overseas suitors come the turn of the year – a scenario Chelsea are keen to avoid.
However, these will be prioritised as a matter of urgency by Chelsea’s director.
That news will come as a blow to both Tottenham and PSG, who have also been mentioned as potential suitors.
Rudiger hails Tuchel’s regime
Rudiger himself also seems to be enjoying life under his new manager.
Explaining how Tuchel has imposed himself on his squad, Rudiger insists it is the attention to detail that has improved.
The 28-year-old says that he and his teammates must follow the instructions they are given, or they will face the consequences – as shown by Callum Hudson-Odoi’s removal in the draw with Southampton only 30 minutes after he had come on as a half-time substitute.
“It’s all details, details,” Rudiger told The Sun. “If you don’t do what he tells you, you will find yourself on the outside. His message is just always to play our football. Like we are, to press high.
“He is making us feel that we should always stay calm, never worry, and he advises us exactly what to do. And this is what we are doing.”