Report: Chelsea player wants a contract worth more than £46m to stay at the Bridge
Antonio Rudiger is reportedly demanding a bumper package to remain at Chelsea.
According to Marca, the German international has set his sights on a deal worth over £46m, the cost of his allegiance to the European champions.
The defender has been going back and forth with the club’s chain of command over a new contract for what seems like an eternity.
His contract expires at the end of the season, with foreign teams now able to offer him terms of a transfer away from Stamford Bridge.
In order to stay by Thomas Tuchel’s side, Rudiger wants just one thing: a pay rise.
Although it sounds like a simple request, the finer details make such a demand more difficult.
He wants to be earning around £180,000- £200,000-a-week (The Athletic), over double his current salary.
Marca claim that Chelsea’s best offer so far has been £135,000-a-week, although The Athletic say the figure is closer to £140,000.
Either way, the money currently on the table isn’t bad; most players would jump at such an increase.
However, Rudiger clearly feels his efforts over the past 12 months warrant a grander reward.
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Few can question the centre-back’s importance to Chelsea or Tuchel.
After being a spare story line in Frank Lampard’s novel, the former Roma man rose to stardom under the new coach.
He is now greatly considered one of the finest and fiercest warriors on the continent.
The Blues would seriously struggle to replace his class and character, two things that truly set him apart from the rest.
It would probably cost Chelsea the same to buy a replacement as it would to improve Rudiger’s wages.
Just let that one sink in for a moment, Marina.