Central defender Antonio Rudiger will leave Chelsea at the end of the seasonconfirmed Thomas Tuchel, the coach of the ‘Blues’.
The German center-back, one of the most coveted in the world, ends his contract on June 30 and will not renew his commitment to Chelsea, with the aim of going to another club.
“He told me a few days ago in a personal conversation,” Tuchel told Sky Sports. “We have tried everything and it has not been possible. Now we are in a situation where we cannot do much more because of the sanctions and Toni will leave.”
“Our hands are tied. I don’t know what would have happened without the sanctions, but this is his decision.”
As The Athletic revealed this week, Rudiger turned down a £200,000 (€230,000) a week contract, which would have made him the highest-paid defender in Chelsea’s history.
With the renewal off the map, Rudiger will be able to negotiate with the team he wants and sign this summer.
Real Madrid is one of the teams that has most sounded like the new team of the German center-back who has considerably increased his performance on the pitch in the last two seasons with the Chelsea team, and who will surely start with the German team at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Rudiger, 29, made his debut in the 2015-2016 season with Stuttgart in the German first division. He then played two seasons in Serie A in Roma where he began to be seen with more attention and also thanks to his participation with Germany in the Confederations Cup and Euro 2018.
In the last three years he has been with Chelsea, but the German has decided on a new challenge for his career and he will have to wait at least two months to choose whether it will be the Spanish League with Real Madrid or some other team that wants to take over the services of the German center-back.
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