Chelsea star says he is looking at his contract situation on day to day basis

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger refused to clarify his current contract situation and insisted that he is fully focused on the upcoming fixtures, instead.

The 28-year-old, who was named man of the match in Saturday’s Club World Cup final win over Palmeiras, is one of the three Chelsea players whose contracts expire in the summer.

Thomas Tuchel may have found another left-sided centre-back option in Malang Sarr, but Rudiger is still the most reliable defender at Chelsea alongside Thiago Silva at the moment.

Replacing him, both as a player and a figure in the dressing room, could prove difficult and costly.

It seems that Chelsea are still in talks with Rudiger over a new contract, but the defender suggested that he has yet to make a decision.

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“For me, it is always important to improve day by day — this is my goal.,” said the Germany international after the Club World Cup win (via The Telegraph).

“I know where you want to come, the contract situation, but I look at it day to day.

“We have, next week, the Premier League [match against Crystal Palace], which is important, and then the Champions League and the final against Liverpool.

“All the rest is talk.”

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The Telegraph mentioned that the Blues recently offered Rudiger a new deal worth in the region of £170,000-a-week, which fell short of the player’s reported £225,000-a-week wage demands (per The Athletic).

Rudiger previously spoke about his family’s being happy in London, indicating that he might prefer to stay if he was satisfied with the offer from Chelsea.

The west London outfit are reportedly still interested in Sevilla star Jules Kounde. However, the France international mainly operates on the right and, therefore, is not exactly a potential replacement for Rudiger.

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