Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel running out of time to solve headache that could cost millions

Antonio Conte reviews Spurs' defeat against Chelsea

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The signing of a new contract by Thiago Silva earlier this month provided a welcome relief for Chelsea fans who had been nervously sweating over the expiring contracts of four defenders at the club. Silva penned a new one-year deal which is set to run until June 2023.

But Silva signing a new deal doesn’t solve the issue surrounding the futures of Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, and most importantly, Antonio Rudiger.

As of this month, all three players are now free to negotiate a pre-contract with foreign clubs due to their expiring contracts.

Rudiger remains a pivotal component in Thomas Tuchel’s defence, but for how much longer remains to be seen.

According to MailOnline, recent reports suggest the two parties are closer to agreeing a deal than they have been previously, but no such deal has yet materialised.

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Rudiger scored the only goal of the game in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Tottenham as Chelsea progressed to the Carabao Cup final with a 3-0 aggregate.

The Blues will now wait patiently to find out who they will face in the final at Wembley in February, with the tie between Liverpool and Arsenal yet to be decided.

Speaking after the game, Tuchel admitted there is uncertainty in the camp over Rudiger’s future at Stamford Bridge.

“Everybody knows there’s a lot of ifs, let’s wait what the reality will be,” Tuchel said after the contest. 

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“We have things to offer. He is a player in a Chelsea environment and I think he knows it well.”

Rudiger joined the club in 2017 from Serie A side Roma and has gone on to make 177 appearances for the club.

Juventus and Real Madrid are reportedly interested in moves for the player, while a return to Germany to join Bayern Munich is also rumoured to be an option for Rudiger.

Penning the players to new deals must remain a priority for Tuchel to prevent the German boss from forking out millions of pounds to replace them next season.

Not to mention the fact that new arrivals would be forced to adapt quickly, which in turn, could disrupt the defensive flow of the team.

Both Azpilicueta and Christensen have been in-and-out of the side during Tuchel’s tenure and have proved to be valuable members to the team at various points.

Chelsea travel to face Premier League champions Manchester City on Saturday knowing that realistically only a win will be good enough to keep up any hopes of a title pursuit.

But for now at least, the contract saga rumbles on.

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