Thomas Tuchel still unsure on Antonio Rudiger’s Chelsea future

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted he is uncertain over Antonio Rudiger’s future at the club amid growing transfer interest from Barcelona

Despite being a vital role for Tuchel in 2021/22, Rudiger is one of three Chelsea defenders out of contract this summer at Stamford Bridge.

Due to existing UK Government penalties, the Blues are unable to recruit new players ahead of the 2022/23 season, nor can they grant contract extensions or renewals to current players.

Tuchel expressed his confidence in keeping club captain Cesar Azpilicueta, who is also on Barcelona’s radar, after an appearance-related extension for the Spanish international was triggered.

Chelsea would argue that Azpilicueta’s contract was agreed upon before to the sanctions, while Rudiger’s status is less clear, with Barcelona already in negotiations with his representation.

“I would try to meet him if I were any other club”

“He’s our player and I think there is a good chance he stays our player once things are solved for us.

“Our hands are tied, we cannot offer him a deal, or negotiate or renegotiate with his agents. But I’m still confident.”

Chelsea play Brentford in the Premier League this weekend before hosting Real Madrid in the opening leg of the Champions League quarterfinals in midweek.

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