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Antonio Rudiger demanding £400k a week to sign a new contract

Antonio Rudiger, Six Sports

According to reports, Antonio Rudiger is demanding upwards of £400k a week from Chelsea to sign a new deal.

Rudiger’s current contract expires in summer 2022 and he is allowed to talk to other clubs in January. Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are reportedly keen on bringing in the German defender on a free transfer.

If the reported contract is given to Antonio Rudiger, it would see him become the highest earner at Chelsea and one of the highest-paid players in the Premier League.

Antonio Rudiger has been a key figure and leader at the back since the appointment of Thomas Tuchel and played a key role in Chelsea winning the UEFA Champions League. Chelsea had the best defensive record in the competition last season.

Rudiger and his agent felt disrespected and underappreciated by Chelsea’s latest contract offer worth just £130,000 a week. While star signing Romelu Lukaku who is the same age as Antonio Rudiger earns around £350,000 a week.

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich set to offer Antonio Rudiger contact worth £400k a week

Europen clubs elsewhere are reportedly prepared to offer Rudiger £400k a week to leave Chelsea. Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are all prepared to offer Rudiger a contract next summer.

Rudiger is currently on the sidelines with a back problem. Rudiger missed Germany’s World Cup qualifier against North Macedonia and Chelsea’s game against Brentford on Saturday. He has already made 10 appearances this season and scored one for Chelsea.

If Rudiger did sign the reported £400k a week at Chelsea, the club may also have to bump up the wages of the midfield duo N’Golo Kante and Jorginho who have just two years remaining on their current contact. And are next on the priority list of Chelsea’s contract renewal.

Rudiger similarly looked set to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge a couple of years ago. As he had fallen out of favour under Frank Lampard, but now Thomas Tuchel would be desperate to keep him and will play a big part in the contract negotiations.

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