Chelsea made £29m star a 'good offer' at Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea are “disappointed” with how Antonio Rudiger‘s contract saga has ended, according to Daily Star journalist Paul Brown.

The German defender’s current deal expires this summer and he has chosen not to renew it despite receiving a good offer.

What is the latest news involving Rudiger?

Rudiger, who joined Chelsea from AS Roma for £29m, will leave Stamford Bridge after five years when his contract ends next month, something that has been confirmed by Blues boss Thomas Tuchel.

“The media is reporting things and the situation seems to be that he leaves the club,” Tuchel was quoted as saying by the club’s official website at the end of April. “He informed me of this some days ago in a personal talk.”

Chelsea are currently unable to hand Rudiger a new deal because of sanctions, but it is believed that they did make him a huge offer before those sanctions were placed on them.

According to The Athletic, the European champions offered the 29-year-old a £230,000-a-week contract back in February, but that was clearly not enough to get him to put pen to paper on an extension.

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What has Brown said about Chelsea and Rudiger?

Brown thinks Chelsea are disappointed with the outcome of the whole Rudiger situation, especially after they presented the centre-back a deal that would have made him the highest-paid defender in the club’s history.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the Daily Star reporter said: “From the club’s point of view, I think they’re probably a bit disappointed because they were very, very keen to make it clear they’ve made him a good offer.

“He was going to be the highest-paid defender in Chelsea’s history, but he still wanted a big signing fee and the agent’s demands were quite high as well we’re told. So it’s interesting that Chelsea have been quite firm on exactly what he wanted and why it hasn’t happened.”

Who could replace Rudiger at Chelsea?

Villarreal’s Pau Torres could be a good option. The Spaniard is leftfooted so should be able to slot in comfortably at the left centre-back position Rudiger has been playing in.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the west London club are just one side who are currently tracking Torres.

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Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, who Chelsea went after last year, and Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana are also thought to be targets, so perhaps either one of those two could fill the gaping hole Rudiger is about to leave.

A lot, however, could obviously depend on what happens with the Blues’ takeover.

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