Chelsea player comments on contract talks after meeting between agent and Marina Granovskaia
Antonio Rudiger indicated that there is an ongoing discussion between him and Chelsea over a potential new contract, as he played down speculations on his future.
The 28-year-old is currently in the final eight months of his contract at Stamford Bridge, and so far, both parties have yet to reach an agreement over an extension.
Earlier this month, Sky Sports claimed that at least six foreign clubs are interested in the centre-back.
Rudiger himself has admitted that the negotiations are still ongoing but insisted that he is still fully focused on performing for Chelsea.
“The most important thing is that I feel happy here,” the Germany international told The Guardian.
“I think if people look at it, they can see I’m happy. About the contract situation, I talk with the club. This is for nobody’s ears.
“It was how I said it would be after the Euros – there would be talks.
“There was a talk between Marina [Granovskaia] and my agent.
“We have the situation where we are at now, and I have nothing to do with all the speculation.
“This is not in my mind. I’m focused on what I’m doing because this is why I wake up every morning.”
Chelsea still at risk of losing Rudiger on free transfer
Despite Rudiger’s saying he is happy at the club, Chelsea could still lose a key player at the end of the season or even in January.
The fact remains that he will legally be able to speak with overseas clubs from January 1 onwards.
According to a report from The Athletic, there was still a huge difference between Rudiger’s salary demands and what Chelsea were willing to offer.
The former AS Roma man is reportedly looking to double his salary, taking it closer to a £200,000-a-week mark. On the other hand, Chelsea were willing to offer him £140,000-a-week.
At his age, this is likely going to be the last big contract in Rudiger’s contract, so he understandably wants to take his time before making any decision.