Antonio Rudiger reveals when he will take decision on Chelsea future despite Thomas Tuchel’s comments

May 25th, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Chelsea defence strongman Antonio Rudiger has revealed that he will take a decision on his Stamford Bridge future after this weekend’s Champions League final.

Rudiger is about to enter the final year of his contract with the Blues and is yet to make a decision about whether to sign an extension.

The German defender was out of favour under Frank Lampard but has become one of Thomas Tuchel’s most reliable players over the past few months.

Rudiger played just four times in the Premier League under Lampard this season and although he rejected suggestions of a difficult relationship with the former Chelsea midfielder, he has certainly enjoyed a more prominent role under his successor.

The 28-year-old has been a key component of a defence which has kept 18 clean sheets in the 29 matches under Tuchel, who has been very complimentary of him.

Tuchel was reportedly keen on signing his compatriot when in charge of Paris Saint-Germain and the Chelsea manager is now hoping Rudiger will sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge.

“Nothing is better than what he is doing for a new contract,” Tuchel said earlier this month.

“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.”

After securing a place in next season’s Champions League by finishing fourth in the Premier League, Chelsea now play Manchester City in Saturday’s Champions League final.

Ahead of the match, Rudiger was asked about Tuchel’s comments and his future at the club.

“That’s nice and I’m happy too,” he told Kicker.

“You always make your decisions to some extent dependent on the coaching staff, but in the long term you can never rely on them anyway.

“After the European Championships, we can talk.”

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