Despite rumours and being the rock of the Thomas Tuchel defence – currently Antonio Rudiger has not signed a new Chelsea contract for the 2022/23 season and beyond.
It is reported that Rudiger whose Chelsea contract expires in the summer of 2022 has rejected at least one offer from the Chelsea board.
The reasons for this are not fully known however, his lack of game time under Frank Lampard and a desire to get a maximum payout from his last big contract are the most likely sources of friction. Particularly as his impressive form for Thomas Tuchel has seen the German linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Timeline Of The Rudiger Contract Saga
9th July 2017 – Rudiger signs for Chelsea from AS Roma for £29m
4th July 2019 – Frank Lampard becomes Chelsea manager
After a positive start, Antonio Rudiger gradually slips from the starting lineup under Frank Lampard and him leaving Chelsea seems inevitable
25th January 2021 – Frank Lampard sacked as Chelsea manager
26th January 2022 – Thomas Tuchel appointed Chelsea manager and Rudiger returns to the team
29th May 2022 – Rudiger starts the Champions League Final
5th October 2022 – Rudiger reported to reject Chelsea contract offer
22nd January 2022 – In an interview Rudiger hints that his family love life in London
3rd February 2022 – Antonio Rudiger posts a cryptic Instagram message
Has Antonio Rudiger Signed A New Chelsea Contract = NO (But He Might)
On the 3rd of February Rudiger posted the below on Instagram, with a cryptic post entitled #hustle hinting that he might already or be about to sign a new deal.
The inclusion of Chelsea prominently in the video suggests he might be about to sign. Which would be awesome for the club, given how amazing he has been under Thomas Tuchel.
I guess we will have to wait and see.
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