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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel sends message to Antonio Rudiger over Bayern Munich move


The centre-back can leave on a free transfer when his contract expires (Picture: Getty)

Thomas Tuchel has praised contract rebel Antonio Rudiger and surprisingly suggested he would not begrudge the Chelsea defender if he opts to join Bayern Munich.

The 28-year-old is out of contract with the Champions League holders next summer, when he can leave on a free transfer, and can begin pre-contract negotiations with foreign clubs when the transfer window opens in January.

Rudiger lost his place in the Chelsea starting XI under previous boss Frank Lampard at the start of last season but has been a key component under compatriot Tuchel.

Rudiger is enjoying another excellent campaign so far (Picture: Getty)

His potential availability on a free transfer has alerted the likes of PSG and Real Madrid, while Manchester City and Tottenham have also emerged as potential destinations.

But it is German giants Bayern Munich who are believed to be in the driving seat, and Tuchel does not seem opposed to losing his centre-back to the Bavarians.

Asked about the defender, he told Germany newspaper Bild: ‘Toni has established himself exceptionally since the first day we arrived.

‘He is an absolute leader and plays at an incredibly high level.’

Asked about a possible move to Bayern next summer, Tuchel smiled, laughed and replied: ‘Then he’ll get it right if he does that!’

Tuchel was also asked about two other Germans in his squad, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, and feels both players are now fully adapted to Chelsea and the Premier League despite some continuing struggles.

Rudiger wants more than the £120k-a-week Chelsea have offered (Getty)

He continued: ‘We have now set the bar pretty high for our own expectations. The incentive to play against us and to beat us has increased. We have to keep improving in order to deliver at least the same.

‘For Kai and Timo this means the adjustment phase is complete. You know what this is all about now. They earned their spurs, played their part in a great success. And now it’s about moving on – and that’s what they are doing. I am very satisfied with both of them.’


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