Antonio Rudiger is reportedly demanding a significant wage increase during contract negotiations with Chelsea

With less than a year left on his Blues contract, the 28-year-old has been linked with a new deal to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.

Eurosport claims that Rudiger wants his Chelsea wages to increase from £130,000-a-week to £200,000-a-week, but the London club are hesitant to meet that demand.

It is understood the Germany international is now weighing up his future because he wants to look at possible options ahead of next summer. Paris Saint-Germain may have some early interest in him.

The report states Blues manager Thomas Tuchel is “very keen” to keep the aggressive defender in his squad, so wants the club to resolve his future quickly.

Rudiger has been top drawer since Tuchel took charge in January, which is why some wouldn’t begrudge him asking for a £70,000-a-week increase.

Blues teammate Ben Chilwell called him “absolutely class” under Tuchel’s reign.

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Antonio Rudiger future needs fixing

If you consider the way Rudiger has performed since the change of manager, you could make an argument to say that he’s been Chelsea’s most important player.

The centre-half was gigantic in the team winning the Champions League last season, plus really turned it on in the Premier League.

His speed, power and leadership make him a nailed-on starter.

He’s made the left-sided centre-back position in the back-three formation his own and has cut out all individual errors.

Chelsea need to do whatever it takes to ensue that he commits his long-term future as it would be a nightmare trying to replace him.

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