Wolfsburg welcome Chelsea interest in defender

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Wolfsburg general manager Klaus Allofs is pleased his best players are being linked with top clubs in the wake of reported Chelsea interest in Ricardo Rodriguez.

Recent reports from Germany have linked with the Stamford Bridge club with a January move for the left-back as a long-term replacement for 32-year-old Ashley Cole.

Rodriguez, a Switzerland international, joined Wolfsburg from FC Zurich less than a year ago but his impressive performances for the German side have encouraged links with the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, as well as Chelsea.

And Allofs says he wants his top players to be mentioned as targets for big clubs because it means they're doing well.

"Ricardo is going through a very excellent development," he told Deutsche Presseagentur as reported by Sky Sports.

"It would be a great thing for our club if we end up in a situation that sees many clubs being interested in our first-team players."

The 21-year-old full-back has reportedly been scouted by AC Milan, while links with Barcelona and Bayern Munich surfaced in the summer of 2012.

But reports this month claimed Chelsea were watching the defender as they plan for life after Ashley Cole. Ryan Bertrand is the current deputy to the England international at Stamford Bridge.

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