'Gone in January': Some Chelsea fans fear they've seen clue Rudiger could be leaving

Chelsea supporters on social media had a bad feeling about Antonio Rudiger’s contract situation following a recent transfer report.

According to CNN Turk, the Blues have come to an agreement with Fenerbahce to sign their Hungarian defender, Attila Szalai.

Szalai will reportedly join the Champions League holders on a six-year deal, with the initial fee standing at €23.4m.

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The 23-year-old often plays on the left side of a back three for both his club and country.

RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

This is an area Chelsea will need to strengthen if Rudiger runs out his Stamford Bridge contract.

To the despair of many Blues fans, they believed Szalai’s potential arrival into South West London would signal the end of the German international’s tenure.

Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:

Rudiger on the ropes

At the moment, there has been no official confirmation of the Szalai deal or Rudiger’s exit.

But the longer the latter’s situation is not resolved, the more likely the former is to become the solution.

It would certainly be difficult for any new player to fill Rudiger’s rather sizeable shoes.

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He has become one of Chelsea’s most treasured possessions, owed largely to the implementation of Thomas Tuchel last season.

A hugely popular figure in the dressing room and amongst the home crowd, his presence would be sorely missed.

But there will come a time where the Blues must learn to live without Rudiger, whether that be next year or the ones to follow.

Szalai in the spotlight

Could Szalai stet up and show the way for Rudiger-less future?

His CV might not be as illustrious, yet sometimes the surprise packages are the most entertaining.

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Take Edouard Mendy for example; a generally unknown quantity who has since taken Europe by storm.

If Szalai can emulate anything close to the Senegalese’s success, he will be an instant hit.   

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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.