Report: Chelsea star's representatives convinced he can get better contract from foreign clubs in January
Chelsea will resume contract talks with Antonio Rudiger’s representatives, but potential big offers from foreign clubs in January could influence the defender’s decision, according to The Telegraph’s Matt Law.
The 28-year-old is one of the four Chelsea defenders whose contracts will expire at the end of the season, alongside Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, and Cesar Azpilicueta.
The Blues reportedly already made an offer after the Euro 2020 but, according to an earlier report from The Athletic, Rudiger was not satisfied with the proposals.
The report mentioned that Chelsea were only ready to offer Rudiger a new contract worth £140,000-a-week, which is significantly below the centre-back’s £200,000-week demands.
The negotiations then reportedly came to a halt.
The Telegraph journalist Law has recently claimed that Chelsea plan to re-open the negotiations but still face risks of being outbid by other European clubs.
Rudiger’s reported stance over Chelsea contract situation
“There will some new talks with Rudiger and his people coming up,” Law told the London is Blue Podcast.
“No negotiations have been happening since the summer, when the first contract offer was rejected. Now, talks will re-open.
“Whether Rudiger’s people want to know what’s on the table from Chelsea before they start talking to foreign clubs, or whether they actually want to enter into meaningful negotiations with Chelsea with a view to actually getting something agreed, we’ll see.
“I’ve said all along, January will be the key for Rudiger.
“If he gets those absolutely massive offers from abroad that his people obviously think he’s capable of getting, then that could really influence everything.”
In the last few months, the former Roma defender has been linked with a potential free transfer move to Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, as well as Bayern Munich.
Back in September, Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann even expressed his admiration for the “aggressive” Chelsea star.
If, as Law claims, Rudiger’s representatives would want to listen to offers from other clubs before making any decision, Chelsea could be in for long negotiations.