Antonio Rudiger 'wants Chelsea stay' but is willing to run down deal

Antonio Rudiger 'wants Chelsea stay' but is willing to run down deal

Antonio Rudiger has reportedly expressed a desire to pen new terms at Chelsea and commit his long-term future Stamford Bridge.

The Germany international, who appeared badly out of favour under former boss Frank Lampard, recaptured his form following the arrival of Thomas Tuchel and finished the campaign with a starting spot in the Champions League final.

Now, fresh reports indicate the 28-year-old is ready to sit down and talk about a contract extension - but is also 'willing to see out the final 12 months of his deal and leave for free next summer' if nothing materialises.

Sky Sports claim the defender is hoping his representatives soon begin discussions for a new long-term contract in west London, given he has a year remaining on his existing deal.

Should a breakthrough not be reached however, it is reported Rudiger will not seek out a move this summer but complete his contract before becoming a free agent in the summer of 2022 and assessing his options.

It has been noted that Chelsea were in the process of extending Rudiger's deal ahead of the January transfer window, in order to protect his value ahead of a proposed loan move.

The stalling of his Chelsea career under Lampard meant the club were keen to get him game time, with north London rivals Tottenham even inquiring about his availability.

European heavyweights AC Milan and Paris Saint Germain had also made their interest known.

During Lampard's time as manager rumours had gathered, suggesting Rudiger was a disruptive presence in the dressing room and did not see eye-to-eye with the manager.

Upon Tuchel's arrival to replace Lampard, Rudiger took a swipe at his former boss by loudly stating that the newcomer 'knows what he wants.'

In April, despite breaking back into the Chelsea fold Rudiger had to be dismissed by Tuchel following an ugly training ground bust-up with goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, for which the German publicly apologised.

The row kicked off during a small-sided game when Rudiger went in late on Kepa, who reacted badly but was allowed to see out the session.

Tuchel described the incident as 'very serious' after the pair had to be pulled apart by shocked team-mates, but later went on to accept Rudiger's apology and did not issue further punishment.

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