Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has turned down all contract talks from the club prior to the Euro 2020 and still wary of what happened to him under Frank Lampard, according to German outlet Bild.
The 28-year-old’s contract at Stamford Bridge will expire next summer (2022) and it is easy to see why Chelsea have reportedly been trying to seal a new deal as soon as possible.
Rudiger has consistently performed and become a key member of the squad since Thomas Tuchel took over back in January.
But the defender has apparently still not forgotten about his experience under Frank Lampard, Bild claims.
Lampard primarily deployed a back-four defence, with Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva being his first-choice centre-backs at the start of the season.
Despite Rudiger’s occasional appearances, he pretty much had to be content with a backup role.
This is reportedly one of the reasons why Rudiger has been reluctant to enter any contract negotiations with Chelsea.
Bild also added that Rudiger has turned down all contract talks prior to the Euro 2020 as the centre-back wanted to fully focus on the national team.
Rudiger is understandably concerned about his situation at Chelsea given what happened not long ago.
While Tuchel seems to see him as a regular, no managerial position will ever really be secure at Chelsea.
Not to mention that the Germany international is in a relatively comfortable negotiating position at the moment.
His incredible performances in the last few months would likely mean he could ask for a bigger pay rise from Chelsea.
And if he does not get that from Chelsea, he could wait for another year and secure a free-transfer move to another club next summer.
As Bild pointed out in their report, Chelsea would need a good argument to even begin any talk.
But Rudiger is not the only Chelsea player or even defender that the club would have to pay attention to.
Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Emerson Palmieri have all entered the final 12 months of their respective contract at the club.