Juventus president plays down Antonio Rudiger links

Antonio Rudiger is now free to negotiate pre-contract agreements with other clubs.

Juventus vice-president Pavel Nedved has denied speculation linking the Serie A giants with Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

A recent report suggested that the centre-back was holding talks with Italian giants ahead of a proposed free transfer to the Turin-based outfit this summer.

Antonio Rudiger is on the radar of various clubs and his current contract at Stamford Bridge is set to expire in June. The 28-year-old is now free to negotiate pre-contract agreements with other clubs.

The Juventus chief was speaking to Italian streaming platform Infinity and he has distanced Juventus from a potential swoop to sign the Chelsea defender.

Pavel Nedved said, “I’ve seen some stories around about Rudiger and Juventus. He’s a very good player but he’s under contract with Chelsea.

Chelsea performance advisor Petr Cech revealed earlier this week that he is unsure as to whether the club will be able to retain their soon-to-be free agents this summer. It’s getting tough following the sanctions imposed on owner Roman Abramovich.

Rudiger has been linked with the clubs like Manchester United, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. Chelsea may also lose Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen, who is at risk of leaving the club for free in the summer.

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