Thomas Tuchel has reportedly altered Marina Granovskaia’s view in regards to Antonio Rudiger’s future at Chelsea.
According to The Athletic, Granovskaia is considering a new contract offer to Rudiger due to Tuchel’s open desire to keep his fellow countryman at Stamford Bridge
What is the story with Rudiger?
The German international will be able to leave as a free agent in the summer when his current deal expires.
Foreign sides can negotiate terms with the defender for a transfer away from South West London this month.
So far, in order to remain a Blue, the 28-year-old has asked for a deserved pay rise to match his performances over the past 12 months.
However, Rudiger wants a fee closer to the £180,000 – £200,000-a-week (The Athletic) mark, which would rightly place him amongst the highest earners at the club.
Tuchel taking a stand
Up until recently, Granovskaia has not been tempted to grant the player’s financial wishes.
However, The Athletic suggests that the relationship between herself and Rudiger’s brother and agent, Sahr Senesie, has been ‘positive and at a good level right now’.
Conversations between the two parties have apparently stepped up in the past few weeks, with new wage numbers being mentioned.
This is down in some part to Tuchel’s undeniable trust in his compatriot and need to keep him on board.
Keep up the good work, Thomas
He has led the march for Rudiger’s renewal, with the Chelsea supporters gladly following behind him.
For now, the situation does still remain the same.
But at least there’s a slither of optimism to hold onto.