Thomas Tuchel gives an update on Antonio Rudiger contract situation

Thomas Tuchel willing to give Antonio Rudiger a new contract.

The German defender has resurrected his career under manager Thomas Tuchel who was brought in January to replace Frank Lampard.

The 28-year old defender was ignored by Lampard during his time but has quickly become one of the standout performers under Tuchel this season.

He has only one year left on his contract and Chelsea might be handing Rudiger a new contract in the summer.

Tuchel explained: “Nothing is better than what is doing for a new contract. If he wants to have a new contract he has our full support to stay at the club. He is speaking with his performances; he has been amazing since day one.

“We chose him in the first match after just one day of training. It was an unfair decision against Kurt but he’s [Rudiger’s] German and I had a clearer picture of what he can do, of course, because I’ve followed him more than Kurt Zouma. I had a clear picture of what he can deliver to a team and he took the chance.

“Since then it’s well deserved he is in the team. He is an aggressive leader, has this natural aggressivity in him. He hates to lose, is hard to beat in duels, is very brave, and full of energy in his defending. He is leading by example and has a very positive aggressivity in him.

“This is what we like. When he can channel all this into top performances, as he does now, we are all very happy to have him.”


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