KEY POINTS

  • Rudiger is content playing for Chelsea, despite growing interest from other clubs
  • Thoman Tuchel wants to retain the German center-back
  • Rudiger is flattered by the fact that he is being scouted

One of many players that should be hotly pursued after the current season is Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea.

The 28-year-old center-back has been linked to multiple clubs, but it appears he has hinted where he will be after his current deal with the Blues is done

Admittedly aware of Bayern Munich's interest, Rudiger is flattered by it. However, he sees it as a sign of the progress he has made.

Rather than consider it, the German national prefers to keep his focus and stay the course.

"I feel good where I am now. So that fits," Rudiger said in a pre-match press conference. "The interest honors me. That shows that I've done a few things right recently. But I don't let myself be distracted. I have an obligation to my club to perform well.”

It should be noted that as of this writing, there is no official word on the status of Rudiger after this season. His contract is set to expire next June.

Rudiger is reportedly seeking a £200,000-a-week ($276,000 per week) deal, but the Blues are only offering £125,000-a-week ($170,000 per week).

However, this is subject to change. Club manager Thomas Tuchel may play a hand in it as he wants Rudiger to stay at Stamford Bridge beyond next summer.

"I hope that they will find the solutions," Tuchel said to media. "It’s not only between coaches and players and what we wish for. At the moment it is between the club, the player, and the agent."

Aside from Bayern Munich, other teams reportedly interested in Rudiger include Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Juventus.

Rudiger can agree to a pre-contract in January if no extension is made by then. But if he is content being with Chelsea, such spells bad news for all interested clubs.

Chelsea's German defender Antonio Rudiger, pictured in early December, says he hopes the offenders will be identified and punished Chelsea's German defender Antonio Rudiger, pictured in early December, says he hopes the offenders will be identified and punished Photo: AFP / Glyn KIRK