Chelsea are facing an uphill struggle to retain the services of a key Thomas Tuchel general after a three-part Real Madrid plan surfaced, per multiple reports.
The future of Antonio Rudiger at Stamford Bridge is quickly coming to a head. The German centre-half, 28, has been simply superb since Tuchel took charge in January. With the German boss preferring a three-man backline, Rudiger has made the left-centre back role his own.
However, Rudiger is in the final year of his Chelsea contract and will be able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with overseas suitors come January.
Losing Rudiger on a free would be an unthinkable notion for the Blues. Indeed, a report last month suggested Marina Granovskaia had made plans to sell Rudiger in January – if a new contract wasn’t first agreed.
Bayern Munich, PSG and Real Madrid have been credited with interest, and the latest news from Spain has shed light on Los Blancos’ plans.
Spanish outlet ABC (via Goal), reveal Carlo Ancelotti’s side have made acquiring Rudiger one of their ‘top priorities’. Furthermore, they’re of the belief Rudiger can be ‘lured’ with the promise of matching his ‘sporting ambitions’ at the Bernabeu.
While that sounds like a sweeping statement, a second report from Football London puts more meat on the bones.
Citing another Spanish publication, Defensa Central, Real’s financial capabilities over the deal are highlighted.
Real are reportedly ‘willing to offer’ a contract worth ‘€8 million (£6.8million)’ per year. That would represent around a £5,000 increase per week on what the Express claimed Chelsea have offered Rudiger.
That particular newspaper recently stated he had been offered £125,000-a-week. Rudiger reportedly earns £100,000-per-week at present.
Though while an increase of just £5,000-a-week may not seem a significant pull, Real have another trick up their sleeve.
On top of his wage increase, the La Liga giant will offer a signing bonus to sweeten the modest salary bump.
Werner unsatisfied with Chelsea change
Meanwhile, Chelsea forward Timo Werner has admitted that he is disappointed with the amount of minutes he has received recently.
He told German outlet Express (via Daily Mail): “The last few weeks have been difficult at Chelsea. After many years, I was suddenly a little behind and had to fight my way again.
“A career always goes up and down, never steadily upwards. But you learn to deal with it.
“I have to bite into it again, that challenges me. Of course, I would like to enjoy more minutes, so I give my best in training.
“I can’t be satisfied if I don’t play. Of course, I want to be a regular in a big team. But I’m not saying that if I don’t start 10 or 15 games before Christmas, I really want to leave.
“Things happen relatively quickly in football. I have to look at the bigger picture to make my decision.”