Ahead of his reported Chelsea appointment, Thomas Tuchel has reportedly given Antonio Rudiger an assurance over his future at Stamford Bridge, according to Sky Germany.

After falling behind in the pecking order and making just four Premier League appearances this season under Frank Lampard, things could take a positive turn for the 27-year-old.

The £29 million centre-back (BBC Sport) was really close to leaving Chelsea last summer, as pointed out by Germany boss Joachim Low.

He had also been one of the players who could leave Chelsea in January prior to Lampard’s departure (Eurosport).

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But a new manager is coming in, and he reportedly wants the defender in his team.

Sky Germany claims Tuchel and Rudiger “have had contact over and over again in recent months” even before it was clear that they would work together at Chelsea.

The report added that Tuchel himself brought Rudiger into conversation at Paris Saint-Germain during his spell at Parc des Princes.

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Former Blues Mark Schwarzer who made a bold claim saying Rudiger is not good enough for Chelsea would not be happy to hear the report, but Tuchel might also have a clear plan on how to use the centre-back.

It may sound unfair for Kurt Zouma who would likely lose his spot if Rudiger became a regular starter, but hopefully he would still be given an opportunity to fight for the spot.

With Fikayo Tomori now on loan at AC Milan, Chelsea now have just four obvious centre-back options; Rudiger, Zouma, Thiago Silva, and Andreas Christensen.

Silva, who also worked under Tuchel at PSG, is arguably the only centre-back who would be a guaranteed starter.

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