Sky Sports Germany reporter Max Bielefeld gave an update on Antonio Rudiger’s Chelsea future.
Speaking to the Football Daily, Bielefeld explained that conversations between the Rudiger and the club over a new deal had not moved forward.
The German international is teetering on the edge of a Stamford Bridge exit, as his contract’s expiration date creeps closer.
Rudiger running a dangerous game
He will become a free agent next summer, unless the Blues can extend the defender’s stay beyond the end of the season.
What’s preventing such an agreement from being passed is a dispute in wage demands.
Rudiger wants an increased salary to reflect his performances under Thomas Tuchel.
Chelsea are reportedly willing to improve the centre-back’s paycheque, but not by the amount he had envisaged.
A stand-off continues to ensure, as neither player nor the chain of command wants to rethink their proposals.
“In the last couple of weeks, there have been no talks between Antonio Rudiger and Chelsea officials concerning a new contract,” said Bielefeld.
“Of course, Toni is gambling a bit because he is a free agent in the summer and there are a few clubs interested in him. Bayern Munich is monitoring his situation.
“Of course, Toni wants to make his big deal, he wants more money from Chelsea.
“He still has a bit of time left so I don’t think that we will have a decision in the next couple of weeks. Maybe in January, February.”
Life in the big city
Unfortunately for Chelsea, they must address Rudiger’s situation again before the New Year.
Foreign sides will be able to negotiate a pre-contract pact with the 28-year-old in January.
However, despite the uncertainty, it appears the man’s heart is set upon staying in the English capital.
“What is for sure, he likes his life in London, he likes Chelsea, he has a really good relationship with Tuchel,” continued Bielefeld.
“I can imagine him staying, but as he’s a free agent, it’s his choice.”
What will it take to continue your Chelsea journey, Rudi?
A new pair of shinpads for Christmas? Some beard oils? We can get that for you, no problem.