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Chelsea Offer This German Defender A Lucrative Contract: Good Move For Both Parties?

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In a recent report, The Telegraph stated that Chelsea have offered Antonio Rudiger a lucrative contract with his current deal set to run out at the end of this campaign. It is understood that the Blues have offered the German centre-back a £170,000-a-week contract to try and keep him at Stamford Bridge beyond this campaign.

Rudiger’s Impressive Form At Stamford Bridge This Season

Rudiger is enjoying a solid run of form at the West London club this season after putting in a run of dominant displays at the centre of Thomas Tuchel’s defence. The German talent has been involved in 34 matches for the Blues during this campaign, netting three goals and grabbing four assists in the process across multiple competitions.

The 28-year-old has been a rock at the back for Chelsea based on his average of 1.2 tackles, 1.0 interceptions and 2.7 clearances per 90 minutes in Premier League football. He has even taken care of the ball well when distributing it out from the back after making 87.1% of his attempted passes in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – FEBRUARY 09: Antonio Ruediger of Chelsea looks on during the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2021 Semi Final match between Al Hilal and Chelsea FC at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium on February 09, 2022, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
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Chelsea Offer Rudiger A Lucrative Contract: Good Move For Both Parties?

Rudiger can use his strong 1.90m frame to dominate the opposition attackers in the air and is usually quick to snuff out the danger at the back. The German talent is a solid tackler of the ball and can time his challenges well to earn possession back for his side on the defensive end of the pitch.

A dominant central defender of Rudiger’s skillset has been nothing short of a great asset in Tuchel‘s first team. Thus, it makes sense for Chelsea to try everything in their power to keep hold of him at Stamford Bridge beyond this summer.

At 28, Rudiger is playing at the top of his game and could help the Blues win a few more trophies over the next few years. Thus, his contract extension will be a good move for both the player and the London club as they look to collectively strive for excellence in the future.

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