Report: 'Absolutely brilliant' Chelsea player could be offered four times his current salary to leave the Bridge

Antonio Rudiger could reportedly earn four times his current Chelsea salary if he ends up playing away from Stamford Bridge next season.

According to The Daily Mail, it’s “increasingly likely” that Rudiger will leave the Blues at the end of the season when his current deal expires.

It is explained that his existing £100,000-a-week contract runs out in the summer and Chelsea have had no luck trying to extend his future. Apparently, they’ve failed in negotiations so far after offering him a fresh £140,000-a-week package to stay at the Bridge.

The report states that top European clubs such as Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus are queuing up for him. In addition, his salary could be quadrupled to a mega £400,000-a-week by some of the interested sides, which would bring him in line as one of the world’s highest paid defenders.

Rudiger’s form in 2021 under Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel means he deserves to be recognised as one of the world’s elite defenders right now.

The “absolutely brilliant” centre-back is a colossus presence in the Blues XI that has mastered his position on the left of a back three.

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Worrying times for Chelsea

It would be foolish for Chelsea to rip up the wage structure completely to offer Rudiger the £400,000-a-week fee that’s mentioned in last night’s report.

In fairness, it’s unclear on how much the Germany international actually wants to extend is stay in London. The aggressive centre-back definitely should be among the top earners within Tuchel’s squad, though.

Spotrac reports Romelu Lukaku (£325,000-a-week), N’Golo Kante (£290,000-a-week) and Timo Werner (£272,000-a-week) are the biggest earners at Chelsea right now.

If Rudiger exits, Chelsea are going to be left in an extremely difficult position trying to find a replacement.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.