For months Chelsea has been looking to renew the contracts of key defenders Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta. Without success, however, the players have turned down the contract offered by Chelsea.
There has been a lot of drama regarding the trio this season. All three are a fundamental cog in Thomas Tuchel’s side. It would be a major blow for the Blues if three of their key defenders leave at once and they cannot find suitable replacements.
Rudiger and Christensen can both talk to other clubs now but the duo hasn’t had a conversation with clubs so far, much to the relief of Chelsea fans. The Blues faithful will be hoping that the duo signs the extension and carry on.
BUSY DAYS FOR CHELSEA REGARDING PLAYERS’ CONTRACT SITUATION
Regarding Rudiger, there were reports he has rejected a contract offer worth approaching £200,000-a-week. Sources close to the player didn’t deny this when asked by The Athletic and insisted there are still positive talks going on. And there is optimism that the German will bring his asking amount down a little. However, there will also be a signing on bonus included.
While the main factor in Azpilicueta’s situation is being caused by Barcelona. The Spanish club is prepared to give him a three-year deal to move to the Nou Camp. On the other hand, Chelsea is thought to have only proposed one year with the option for a second. In saying that, sources within the club remain confident he will stay.
As for Dane, he has been linked with other clubs. he’s yet to agree on a deal with them. German giants Bayern Munich are said to have kept a close eye on him. As they’re looking for a replacement for Niklas Sule.
Moreover, two stalwarts of Chelsea’s midfield. N’Golo Kante and Jorginho will also have just 12 months left at the end of this season. While Chelse might have to pay attention to it once they are sorted with their defence.
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