Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger has allegedly once again made it clear to the club that he is not currently keen on entering into contract talks with them.

The 28-year-old defender, who is with the Germany roster at Euro 2020, struggled for action in the first half of the 2020-21 season under Frank Lampard but was an important player for manager Thomas Tuchel following the change of management at Stamford Bridge.

The star’s current deal with the west Londoners is due to expire next year, and the UEFA Champions League holders are understood to be keen to tie the former Roma man down to a long-term contract. The star’s current deal with the west Londoners is due to expire next year, and the UEFA Champions League holders are understood to be keen to tie the former Roma man down to a long-term contract.

However, according to Bild, the center-half is still wary of what happened last campaign and keen to see how much football he receives in the first half of the 2021-22 term before making a decision.

As a result, the towering central defender is reportedly continuing to reject contract negotiations with the club’s management.

Tuchel’s side are said to be keen to sign a new defender this summer and have been heavily linked with Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane.

In other news, Chelsea are reportedly ready to play the long game in order to see off a host of other clubs for the signature of Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham.

It is suggested that the west Londoners are hoping to improve their relationship with Die Borussen ahead of making a formal approach for the player next year, either in January or the summer market.


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