Antonio Rudiger: Thomas Tuchel ‘confident’ Chelsea defender will sign new deal at club

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is “confident” that defender Antonio Rudiger will extend his contract with the European champions.

The 28-year-old Germany international is free to negotiate with other clubs after his contract expires in 2021-22.

Chelsea defeated Tottenham 1-0 in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday, completing a 3-0 aggregate victory.

“Things are clear. Talks are going on and we are confident,” said Tuchel.

“Nothing has changed. Everybody knows the situation, let’s wait and see.

“We have things to offer and he is the player he is in a Chelsea shirt and a Chelsea environment. He knows that very well.”

Rudiger, who helped Chelsea defeat Manchester City 1-0 in the Champions League final in May, has been linked with a move to either PSG, Real Madrid, or Bayern Munich.

He joined Chelsea from Roma for £29 million in July 2017 and has won the FA Cup, Europa League, and European Super Cup during his stay at the club.

Rudiger claimed after Wednesday’s game that he was “enjoying this chapter” and that “I believe this is the best period of my career.”

Chelsea are second in the Premier League, 10 points behind Manchester City, and will face either Liverpool or Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final on February 27 at Wembley.

Tuchel said last week that Rudiger was a player he “trusted” and that his contract issue was not a concern for him.

“He’s a guy who needs to trust you, he needs to feel the connection, he needs to feel the trust and he wants to feel it by minutes and actions,” added Tuchel.

“I don’t feel Toni needs a lot of words, a lot of pampering and coffee talks and invitations to dinners and whatever. He is the top professional, this is what he proves.”

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