Chelsea star insists he has not spoken to other clubs despite exit rumours
Antonio Rudiger suggested he has yet to reach an agreement with Chelsea over a new deal but also insisted the contract situation will not distract him.
In a month and a half, Rudiger, whose contract with Chelsea expires next summer, will legally be able to talk with foreign clubs over a potential free transfer move at the end of the season.
For Chelsea, it is not only that they are at risk of losing millions in terms of transfer fees, but they could also lose a very important member of the squad.
According to last month’s report from ESPN, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are among the top clubs monitoring the centre-back.
Rudiger said he has not been paying attention to rumours surrounding his future at Stamford Bridge and reiterated that he has not had any contact with any other club.
“I have always said that Chelsea is my one and only contact,” the Germany international told Welt am Sonntag when asked about a potential return to Bundesliga.
“I am only focused on Chelsea at the moment. We’ll see what happens.
“For now, I am concentrating on what is immediately at hand. I owe that to the club, the coach, and the team.”
The Germany international also responded positively to praises from Bayern Munich’s Julian Nagelsmann.
“But I can put it in perspective,” he added.
Chelsea reportedly unwilling to meet Rudiger’s wage demands
An earlier report from Calciomercato said that Rudiger is looking for a new contract worth €12million (£10.3m)-a-year or roughly £200,000-a-week.
That is significantly higher than the £140,000-a-week contract Chelsea were reportedly ready to put on the table.
Chelsea are also reportedly facing problems in negotiating a new deal with Andreas Christensen, whose contract also expires at the end of the season.