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Thomas Tuchel calm about Rudiger’s future despite transfer links

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger’s contract will be terminated at the end of the season, but coach Thomas Tuchel hopes he decides to stay. Despite reports that the defender will be a free agent at the end of the season Thomas Tuchel is “calm” about Antonio Rudiger’s future.

The German international has been linked with moves to Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, and Bayern Munich in transfer news with his current contract set to expire in June. Under Tuchel, the 28-year-old defender has thrived, with standout performances including a commanding display in the Champions League final victory over Manchester City in May.

The Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel understands there is no guarantee of Rudiger’s stay yet he is hopeful about the defender’s retention at Stamford Bridge. He said in a press conference ahead of Sunday’s London derby at Tottenham: “I hope they find solutions but it’s not only between coaches and players. It’s between the club, the players and the agent. We hope they find a solution.”

“He plays excellent, he’s been very consistent for a long time at a very high level. He’s very calm, very focused and obviously it’s not a distraction [his future] for him. Everything is in place, give the time needed, sometimes it takes a bit longer and sometimes fast,” Tuchel added.

He further continued, “No news from my side, I think Antonio feels very, very good at Chelsea. He feels the respect he has from his teammates and the importance in the team, in the squad. That’s well deserved because he delivers. He feels the love from the supporters, he plays in the strongest league in Europe, so not many reasons to change that. In the end, it’s between him and the club and that’s in good hands. I’m calm and relaxed and whatever has to happen will happen.”

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