Juventus chief Nedved comments on their reported interest in Antonio Rudiger

Juventus vice-chairman Pavel Nedved played down their rumoured interest in “great” Chelsea player Antonio Rudiger despite being aware of the rumours.

Rudiger is in the final months of his contract at Chelsea.

Under the special licence given by the UK government in which the London club is currently operating, they cannot offer the 29-year-old, or any of their player, a new contract.

This is obviously a big blow for the Blues, although the situation may soon change after the expected change of ownership at the club.

Several top clubs, including Juventus, are reportedly interested in the Germany international.

A centre-back of Rudiger’s calibre, particularly with the form he’s in, is rarely available on free transfers.

Nedved, who seemed to appreciate Rudiger as a player, refused to reveal if Juventus had made any move for the defender.

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“I’ve heard them,” the Juventus legend told Italian platform Infinity (via Calcio Mercato) about rumours linking Rudiger and Juventus.

“He’s a great player, but he’s under contract with Chelsea.”

Considering Rudiger has legally been able to speak to other clubs since January, it would have been fine for Nedved to be more open if Juventus were indeed interested as reports suggested.

While Rudiger seems to prioritise staying at Chelsea, he did not rule out a return to Serie A, having previously spent two seasons at Roma before joining Chelsea in 2017.

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“At the moment I am here [at Chelsea]. We’ll see, we’ll see,” he said about a possible return to Italy after Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Lille on Wednesday (via Football Italia).

Given Chelsea’s situation, Rudiger is understandably open to other summer options.

Like many other Chelsea fans, Thomas Tuchel clearly wants him to stay, but it will eventually depend on the potential next club owners.

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