Thomas Tuchel has reportedly issued a demand to the Chelsea chain command that they must retain Antonio Rudiger’s services.
This is according to 90min, which claims Tuchel is on a mission to ensure Rudiger doesn’t leave the group next year.
In less than nine months, the monstrous defender will be out of contract.
In less than four months, rival clubs can organise a pre-contract agreement to sign the German as a free agent.
Both those scenarios can be prevented if Chelsea kneel to the 28-year-old’s wage demands.
Rudiger wants a pay rise in accordance with his rise as a player since Tuchel turned over a new leaf at Stamford Bridge.
However, the Blues have yet to meet the centre-back’s demands, meaning a fresh deal has yet to be decided.
Don’t test Tuchel’s patience
If Rudiger was to leave in the summer, it’s safe to say Tuchel wouldn’t be a happy bunny.
90min states Chelsea’s manager has already discussed the importance with Marina Granovskaia of tying down the former Roma centurion.
Few have matched the boy from Berlin’s brilliance since Frank Lampard’s reign concluded in January.
“Rudiger, out of nowhere, he’s just turned into some absolutely brilliant player,” said Micah Richards earlier this season.
Of course, this transformation hasn’t happened overnight but now pundits and fans are being treated to his talents.
He’s the backbone of Chelsea’s team, the thumping heart of their defence.
But Rudiger could be ripped from the body if he fails to reach a pact with the hierarchy.
Quite a few thousand pounds lie between the two parties’ estimations.
Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner are the two highest earners, on about £300,000 a week (90min), a fee Rudiger feels he deserves to match.
As situations go, this is a sticky one that needs resolving soon.