ESPN pundit says these two Chelsea players will want to match teammate's 'extraordinary' salary

Shaka Hislop has claimed that Chelsea duo Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen will be wanting the same kind of wage as club teammate Timo Werner to extend their stays at Stamford Bridge.

As it stands, Blues defenders Rudiger and Christensen are both out of contract this summer. It means manager Thomas Tuchel may need to build a new-look backline because two of the club’s centre-backs are scheduled to leave at the end of the season.

Rudiger, 28, is a vital figure that the club’s fans are desperate to keep. The Sunday World reports there is ‘increasing hope’ the London club can keep him by getting him to sign a new deal.

However, the same report claims Chelsea are less certain about keeping hold of 25-year-old Christensen. Barcelona and Bayern Munich are reportedly both keen on his signature as a free agent.

ESPN pundit Hislop thinks the “extraordinary” salary of Chelsea attacker Werner is a benchmark that the agents of Rudiger and Christensen will want to hit for their clients.

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In fairness, inconsistent attacker Werner is on a mammoth £272,000-a-week (Spotrac). In comparison, Rudiger earns £100,000-a-week and Christensen is on a £80,000-a-week package.

“You’ve got Timo Werner, albeit that is not a Thomas Tuchel signing, who has been a bit-part player but is on an extraordinary salary. If I’m Rudiger’s agent or Christensen’s agent I’m saying as a key piece to this Chelsea puzzle under Thomas Tuchel that’s the kind of money I want,” Hislop said.

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Unfortunately, there are numerous players in the dressing room that may frown at their own wages if they compare it to the likes of Werner and Romelu Lukaku.

For certain, Rudiger’s elevated himself into the bracket of one of Chelsea’s best and most important players.

The aggressive defender, who’s a massive fan favourite, is the kind of individual the club shouldn’t mind putting on a hefty salary. It would cost a fortune to find a replacement at his level anyway.

It could make sense to be a little more cautious when approaching Christensen’s new deal. The decision should be down to Tuchel because if he wants him as a key part of his long-term plans then an improved contract could make sense.

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