'I'm hearing this from inside the camp': Journalist says he's been told that one Chelsea star is 'very upset' right now
Chelsea reporter Simon Johnson delivered a rather damming insight into Antonio Rudiger’s mindset at the moment.
Speaking on The Athletic’s YouTube channel, Johnson clarified that the German international is not pleased by the direction contractual talks with the club are currently going.
The centre-back’s contract expires next summer, with foreign teams able to negotiate terms of a transfer away from Stamford Bridge in January.
In order to sign a new deal, Rudiger’s demands are pretty clear: he wants a pay rise.
At the moment, the 28-year-olds earns £90,000-a-week (Johnson), which puts him amongst the lower earners at Chelsea.
He would like a salary increase to deservedly reflect his performances in 2021.
Johnson explained that Rudiger is looking at around the £180,000-£200,000 mark, which is close to £40,000 more than the Blues have offered him so far.
This has led to a stand-off between the player and the chain of command, as neither are willing to budge on their proposed amount.
“Other people tell me that Antonio is very upset about the offer that’s been made to him,” said Johnson.
Chelsea players packing their bags
Due to this difference in opinions, it seems highly likely Rudiger will leave at the end of the season.
He could well be joined by one of Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta or Thiago Silva, three defenders whose contracts are also coming to an end.
However, one name from the list of potential departures stands out above the rest.
“I’m still optimistic that three of the four will end of staying and the odd one about being Rudiger,” continued Johnson.
“I think that Rudiger is the one more likely to leave, based on what I’m hearing from inside the camp about how upset he is.”
Being on the wrong side of an angry Rudiger is really not somewhere you want to be.
Just ask any opponent that’s challenged him over the past 12 months.
Yet, Chelsea are a stubborn beast and generally do not cave into player pressure.
On this occasion, though, we believe the Blues need to suck up their pride and give Rudiger the reward he’s earned.