Will Antonio Rüdiger play for Chelsea FC next season? The German international is waiting – but also speaks of an “absolute dream” with the Blues.
Is he staying with Chelsea FC? Antonio Rüdiger has not yet extended his expiring contract
What a development: Last year, Antonio Rüdiger often watched Chelsea FC games from the stands. The Blues coach at the time, Frank Lampard, sidelined him and Rüdiger’s days in the English capital seemed numbered.
But then Thomas Tuchel joined Chelsea in January 2021 – and Rudiger’s renaissance took shape. In Tuchel’s 3-4-3 system, the athletic centre-back immediately became a regular, even winning the Champions League with the Blues in May, and the 28-year-old was also a mainstay in the German team at the 2021 European Championships. Even Premier League legend Rio Ferdinand recently described Rüdiger as “one of the best centre-backs in the league” on his YouTube channel.
“I have never felt better,” the former Stuttgart man now tells “SID”. “The situation was of course very frustrating for me in the autumn and winter of 2020. But then I got another chance and was incredibly motivated.”
So there’s no question that Rüdiger’s recent performances have sparked desire. The international’s contract, which expires at the end of the season, provides all the more fertile ground for rumours. Recently, he was linked with FC Bayern, among others, and even Julian Nagelsmann raved about the defender;
Rüdiger, however, makes it clear that he has not personally spoken to “any club other than Chelsea”. “The fact that I didn’t extend my contract when I was sitting in the stands is surely only logical for everyone,” the 1.90 metre tall defender states. “Then, when I started playing regularly again, I wanted to wait and see how everything would develop here.”
Premier League as the “icing on the cake “
But the first talks are said to have already taken place. “These were not even two months ago,” said Rüdiger – “and for me this will now be the most important decision of my professional career, so I won’t rush into anything.”