Antonio Rudiger makes Chelsea future decision amid Real Madrid and Bayern Munich interest
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has reportedly opened shock and surprise Real Madrid talks as Los Blancos plot a free transfer swoop for the Blues star.
Rudiger, 28, is set to see his current deal expire at the end of the season and despite recent optimism surrounding his future, it seems the European Champions are no closer to securing his long-term future in west London.
This is because Spanish outlet Marca have reported that Carlo Ancelotti's side are set to open talks with the ex-Roma man over a move to the Santiago Bernabeu with AS saying the same regarding the situation.
Is Rudiger playing the contract negotiation game or is there room to start worrying now as a Chelsea fan that these negotiations aren't going to plan so far?
You would assume it's the latter, considering what the 28-year-old had to say on his future recently.
In a press conference ahead of Germany's clash with Romania during the international break, Rudiger was asked if he had interest in returning to the Bundesliga.
He said: "I feel good where I am now. So that fits.
"The interest honours 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. I have to prove myself every game and not let myself be distracted by rumours. I make my decisions for myself. They don't depend on anyone. I feel good where I am."
His club manager Thomas Tuchel, as we know, is highly keen on keeping a player he views as irreplaceable in his current set-up.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference to the Tottenham game, Tuchel explained his feelings on his undroppable central defender: "I hope that they find solutions, but it's not only between coaches and players, and what we wish for.
"And that's why it's between the club, the players and the agent at the moment. We hope that they find the solution and everything I can say, he plays excellent, and since a long time very consistent, on a very high level.
"I feel him very calm and focused, and it's not a distraction for him. So everything is in place, and give things the time they need. Sometimes it needs a bit longer, sometimes things are very fast.
"There's no news from my side, and I think that Toni feels very, very good at Chelsea, he feels very respected by his team-mates and he feels the importance that he has in the team and in the squad.
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"That's well deserved because he delivers, he feels the love from the supporters when he plays. He's in the strongest league in Europe, in a big club, so not many reasons to change that.
"But in the end it's between him and the club, and that's in good hands. I am calm and relaxed, whatever has to happen will happen."
football.london understands that Chelsea have offered Rudiger fresh terms but he's yet to accept, meaning he could be tempted to test the waters in January, as we are seeing with this latest report.
It is also believed that the Die Mannschaft centre-half is reportedly holding out for an eyewatering £400,000-a-week - £50k more than top earner Romelu Lukaku.