Report: Chelsea have now offered their 28-year-old player a record-breaking contract to remain at the club

Chelsea have reportedly laid down another contract offer to Antonio Rudiger that would be extremely hard to turn down.

According to the Telegraph, a £170,000-a-week pay package is currently on the table for Rudiger to reject or accept.

This would, by probably quite some margin, make him the highest-paid defender in the club’s vast history.

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Above the likes of John Terry, Ashley Cole, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta; some list to top.

It just shows how desperate the Stamford Bridge hierarchy are to keep hold of the German and not let go.

Thomas Tuchel certainly shares this view, as do almost all of his players.

Is Rudiger irreplacable?

Rudiger is, without doubt, one of the most important components to Chelsea’s ever-changing machine.

Whilst some parts have faltered and needed replacing, the 28-year-old has remained sturdy as ever.

But everything could fall apart if he’s allowed to walk away from South West London in the summer as a free agent once his deal with the Champions League holders expires.

He might be joined in the jobcentre line by Andreas Christensen and Azpilicueta.

Both are in the same boat as their defensive co-worker, although their ships are at different stages in the sea of negotiations.

Christensen and Azpilicueta also yuo in the air

Azpilicueta has become the top target for Barcelona, who are apparently ‘growing increasingly confident’ they can bring the Spaniard back home, suggest the Telegraph.

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The Chelsea captain apparently wants to meet with Marina Granovskaia personally to discuss all the possible options before making a final decision.

Sport claim the skipper is keen to add an additional two more years onto his stay in the capital, a request not usually granted by Granovskaia and her team to those above 30.

Meanwhile, there has been very little in the way of positive movement from Christensen and his camp.

As it stands, the Blues could be losing all three defenders, a scenario very few saw coming this time 12 months ago.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.