It’s amazing how quickly Antonio Rudiger’s fate changes.
A year ago, Tottenham were one of the clubs interested in signing Rudiger after the Chelsea defender was frozen out by Frank Lampard.
Now, the German is Thomas Tuchel’s “aggressive leader”, the heart of defense at the back The Blues.
Rudiger can also be a threat in front of the opponent’s goal. Once again, on Thursday (13/1) WIB, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium he proved it again.
He scored the only goal as Chelsea secured a place in the Premier League Cup final by beating Tottenham 1-0 in the second leg of the semi-finals (3–0 aggregate).
However, anxiety enveloped the visiting team’s fans on that celebratory night. The reason is, the pillar of defense can leave their favorite club at the end of the season.
If there is no progress, Rudiger can leave for free when his contract at Chelsea expires at the end of the season. Even now he has been allowed to negotiate pre-contracts with other clubs abroad.
The anxiety grew even more when seeing the line of Rudiger fans, it wasn’t a game club!
Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are said to really want Rudiger and have been in contact with his agent to negotiate a transfer this summer.
How can this be? how can The Blues in danger of losing the player who is arguably their best performer this season?
In short, because of Chelsea nagging did not want to grant Rudiger’s salary request. They refused to make him one of the highest paid players on the squad.
For example, Timo Werner’s current salary is more than double Rudiger’s estimated ‘only’ £100,000 per week.
Obviously not surprised, if the 28-year-old man demanded a significant salary increase. Especially considering Rudiger’s contract which could then be his last big contract.
He clearly feels good enough to be given a raise, himself admitting after the win in north London, that this is the best performance of his career.
Tuchel clearly does not need to be convinced of the importance of Rudiger’s figure for his team. He himself has also applied to the former AS Roma defender to extend his time at Stamford Bridge.
This situation has not yet come to light, but the fuss about this contract does not affect Rudiger’s performance on the field at all.
“I don’t think Toni needs words, chatting over coffee, or dinner invitations and such. He is a top professional,” Tuchel said last week.
“I believe in this club 100 per cent, believe in the players and this is not a problematic situation for me. He is very reliable.”
How not, Rudiger has recorded 2,550 minutes in 28 games this season, and became the Chelsea player with the most minutes played in 2021/22.
His role in the struggle The Blues cannot be underestimated. Giving it up for free would be a big blow, Chelsea could actually spend more money by looking for a replacement. Their targets, Sevilla’s Jules Kounda and Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana, are likely to cost more than £50m.
The hope is that Marina Granovskaia, the steel-handed director, realizes how much of a mistake they had made if they let Rudiger leave for free this season.
As he again proved against Spurs, Rudiger is Chelsea’s current hero. What are you waiting for? Just accept the salary!