Ally McCoist claims that Antonio Rudiger would be a real loss to Chelsea if he left, amid rumours about his future at Stamford Bridge.
Rudiger, 28, has been a key figure in the Blues defence since Thomas Tuchel took charge as manager.
The Germany international is a colossus as the left-sided centre-back in a back-three, which is why he’s one of the first names on the team sheet.
Pundit McCoist has raved about the impact of Rudiger in the Chelsea XI, despite admitting that concerns about his future could result in him leaving for the best.
“I think he’s been absolutely tremendous since he got back in the side,” McCoist told talkSPORT.
“The club and Tuchel can’t be held to ransom… I’m saying that not knowing the ins and outs of the potential deal that’s been offered.
“But, they’ll obviously have a budget and if he’s not happy with it sometimes you’ve got to say ‘good luck we’re going to take whatever we can for you’. But, that said, he would be a loss at this moment in time.”
With Rudiger’s current deal due to expire at the end of this season, there is plenty of speculation circulating about his future.
According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea are yet to agree terms over a new contract with their centre-half.
It is understood there is no resolution in sight, but the Blues have offered him a deal worth around £125,000-a-week.
The report adds that Paris Saint Germain, Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are all clubs waiting in the wings trying to snap him up on a free transfer next summer if the German becomes available.
Chelsea need to resolve Antonio Rudiger future
Rudiger has every right to demand a mega contract at Stamford Bridge based off the level of his performances in 2021.
It’s hard to picture the Blues XI without him in, so everything should be done to try keep him in West London for the foreseeable future.
Tuchel clearly loves him after playing him in every minute so far in the new season.
Chelsea would surely have to fork out a fortune trying to sign a replacement for Rudiger, which is why increasing his wages with a new contract offer seems a no-brainer.
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