Chelsea have extended new contract offers to Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.

The Blues are still hoping to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde before the transfer window closes on August 31.

But they also want to secure the futures of centre-back duo Christensen and Rudiger, who have both entered the final year of their contracts.

According to The Telegraph, Chelsea have put forward new deals for both players.

The two centre-backs have become integral parts of Thomas Tuchel‘s setup since the German took charge, but their futures at Stamford Bridge are far from secure at present.

Both Christensen and Rudiger are due to become free agents at the end of this season, and the former has been linked with Sevilla amid Chelsea’s interest in Jules Kounde while Rudiger is also reported to be considering his future.

Chelsea are still rumoured to be pressing ahead with a move for Kounde, but the most likely candidate to depart Stamford Bridge is Kurt Zouma, who is supposedly set to sign for West Ham United in a £26m deal.

Rudiger and Christensen have both played the full 90 minutes in Chelsea’s Premier League wins over Crystal Palace and Arsenal, and the Blues’ next test is a trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool on Saturday.

After being frozen out by Frank Lampard, Rudiger has once again become a defensive lynchpin for Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel.

Christensen has also played an important role, making 27 appearances across all competitions last season.

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