'The board have gone mad': Some Chelsea fans stunned by report which emerged this morning

Chelsea supporters on social media were left feeling bemused by the judgment call believed to have been decided on Antonio Rudiger’s wage demands.

According to The Athletic, the Blues board ‘feel they have made Rudiger a very good offer’ in terms of a pay rise and they have ‘no plans to increase it’ further.

The German is currently in deadlock over organising fresh terms on his current contract, which expires next summer.

If the financial issues are not resolved in the next two months, the defender will be able to start speaking with foreign teams over a potential transfer.

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What’s the story?

Rudiger reportedly wants £200,000-a-week (Athletic), as he feels he belongs amongst Chelsea’s highest-paid players due to his performances since Thomas Tuchel becomes manager.

So far, the Blues have offered around £140,000-a-week, a figure they are seemingly settled upon.

Followers of Tuchel’s team could not quite believe the stubbornness of those in control of the cash flow.

Why would they not reward one of their most influential figures with a little extra pocket money?

Questions and queries that were asked by the Chelsea fan base on Twitter.

Here’s their angry reaction:

https://twitter.com/S_11v4/status/1452921654250811392?s=20

Money, money, money in a Rudiger’s world

If Rudiger were to accept Chelsea’s wage proposal, he wouldn’t even be amongst the top 10 earners in the squad.

Saul Niguez, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Christian Pulisic all currently receive more dosh than the centre-back, despite playing far less frequently.

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Of course, salaries should not be the be-all and end-all of an individual’s career, especially when they are on a decent sum as it is.

Yet, some need an indication that they are respected by the chain of command.

Clearly, Rudiger requires this ratification, otherwise, he will be packing his bags and setting sail on a new adventure.

A decision he has already seemingly decided upon.

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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.