Report: There's increasing hope that one Chelsea defender is going to sign a new contract and stay

Chelsea are reportedly growing confident that Antonio Rudiger will renew his contract before it expires in the summer.

This is according to the Sunday World, who claim there is ‘increasing hope’ from within Stamford Bridge surrounding the German international’s future.

Telling a tale of Rudiger’s predicament

Resolving Rudiger’s situation has been one of the season’s most talked-about storylines.

People became gradually more aware as the campaign rolled on that the defender had yet to commit his longer-term allegiance to the European champions.

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LEAVE RASHFORD ALONE.

With each week he failed to extend his stay, the talk of the centre-back’s possible departure grew.

The noise hit fever pitch once the January transfer window opened, allowing foreign clubs to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with the 28-year-old.

Pretty much all of the continent’s heavyweights throw their hat into the ring, hoping to land a significant punch onto Rudiger’s signature.

However, as the days ticked by, the interested parties continued to fall away.

Maybe he’s staying after all…

Now, it appears only Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are in the race to land Chelsea’s fearsome warrior, where it once also the likes of Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Even then, neither Bayern nor PSG have made any serious attempts to lure Rudiger away from London.

Possibly because the player has decided he wants to carry on his journey with Thomas Tuchel, the manager who made him the valuable asset we see today.

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Sunday World also suggested the centre-half’s possible change in attitude might be something to do with his family.

“My kids were born here in London, so that tells you that my family feels great here,” he said just a few days ago.

Part of the family

Chelsea have also become something of a nucleus for the former Roma man.

He is adored by the fans and respected by his teammates.

There wouldn’t be a dry eye in the house if Rudiger set sail this year.

Hopefully, his wife and children can persuade the man of the house to renew his tenancy.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.