Jamie Redknapp says £29m Chelsea star is one of the world’s best in his position

Jamie Redknapp has claimed that Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger is one of the best defenders in the world.

Rudiger, 28, has been in the form of his life during the last few months. 

The £29million centre-back was a man mountain in defence during Chelsea’s Champions League triumph last season. There is no doubt the arrival of Blues manager Thomas Tuchel reignited his career at Stamford Bridge.

In addition, he’s playing for Germany this summer at Euro 2020, and his next test comes against England in the Round of 16.

“Rudiger is one of the best defenders in the world,” Redknapp said.

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Rudiger in best ever Chelsea form

Rudiger, who joined the blues in 2017, has at various parts of his career in London been a really reliable defender at the back for Chelsea. 

However, there has always been a concern around the rashness in his game. 

It looked like his Chelsea career was winding down under ex-boss Frank Lampard. However, Tuchel has breathed new life into him.

He’s arguably been the club’s best defender since a switch to a back three where he’s so comfortable as a left-sided centre-back. It’s a role he fills for Germany, too. 

Tuchel’s side managed European glory during the last campaign largely down to their formidable backline. 

If they can sharpen up in attack next season, they are going to be extremely difficult for anyone to beat. 

Rudiger definitely appears to be at the peak of his powers right now.

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