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Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel has received a big boost after Real Madrid reportedly cooled their interest in Antonio Rudiger.
The central defender is out of contract in June and can find out a prior agreement with another club this month. Carlo Ancelotti’s side has been hot on the track for a while now.
So much so that Chelsea have been looking at potential Rudiger replacements. PSGs Presnel Kimpembe and Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus are two options.
All signs have pointed to Spain for the 28-year-old, though that may no longer be the case.
Goal, citing reports coming out of Spain, provides an update on the German’s future. They claim that Rudiger’s agent has been in contact with Madrid officials.
Los Blancos, however, has been put off by the player’s huge wage demands. He also wants a monumental signing on bonus, according to the report, which makes Madrid ‘feel used’.
Madrid are reluctant to meet his demands, which could cause them to withdraw from the transfer race.
Instead, they will prioritize a new contract for Eder Militao. The Brazilian defender will be offered a long-term deal worth € 8.5m. annual.
The news is likely to put Chelsea in the driver’s seat as they aim to tie Rudiger up. Reports claim he wants a new challenge, but that Madrid is distancing himself from the case gives Tuchel a huge boost.
The Blues still have to fend off two Champions League rivals. Bayern want to take Rudiger back to Germany, while PSG are also in the frame.
The star has played 174 games for Chelsea since joining Roma in 2017. He has helped the Blues win four trophies – the FA Cup, Europa League, UCL and the European Super Cup.
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Tuchel responds to the Chelsea star’s comments
Meanwhile, Tuchel has responded to recent comments from striker Romelu Lukaku.
During an interview with Sky ItaliaLukaku said he was not happy with his situation at Stamford Bridge. The goal scorer also revealed his desire to return to Inter one day.
said Tuchel last Friday: “Of course we do not like it because it provides noise that we do not need and it is not useful.
“But on the other hand, we do not want to make more of it than it actually is.
“You know how it is, it’s very easy to take lines out of context, to shorten lines to make headlines and then realize that it’s not that bad or what he meant.
“But let’s be honest, we do not like it, because it is noise we do not need, we need a quiet environment.
“I do not feel unhappy with him; I feel the exact opposite. If you ask me yesterday morning, I’ll say he’s fine.
“But if there’s anything to discuss, it’s definitely behind closed doors.”
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