Tuchel: Rudiger exit and future uncertainty is affecting Chelsea squad

Thomas Tuchel admits Antonio Rudiger’s impending exit and uncertainty over players’ futures is having a ‘huge’ effect on his Chelsea squad… as £4bn takeover rumbles on

  • Chelsea are currently in a period of uncertainty as takeover talks continue
  • It has been confirmed that Antonio Rudiger will leave at the end of the season
  • Thomas Tuchel admits that, and uncertainty over other players, is affecting team
  • A Todd Boehly-led consortium is closing in on a complicated £4bn buy-out 

Thomas Tuchel has admitted Antonio Rudiger’s impending departure and the uncertainty around other players’ futures is damaging the Chelsea dressing room.

Rudiger, who has been a key player for the Blues, will leave Stamford Bridge when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Chelsea were unable to negotiate a new deal for the centre back due to the current sanctions imposed on the club.

Thomas Tuchel admits the uncertainty over the future of Chelsea is having a ‘huge’ impact

Antonio Rudiger has already confirmed to the club that he will leave at the end of the season

Those restrictions are also preventing the Blues from negotiating with other players who are coming to the end of their contracts.

Tuchel’s side have just one win in their last four league games and the manager admitted his players have been affected by the on-going uncertainty.

‘It surely affects the team but I cannot tell you to which degree. The longer the situation goes [on], now it has a huge affect because Toni leaves us in the middle the process where we are sanctioned and could not even fight, could not do another offer, could not be in negotiations.

‘It clearly has an affect and it makes not so much sense to deny it, we lose now one of our key players. This decision has an effect on the dressing room because Toni is not isolating when he’s here at Cobham and does not talk to anyone so he is a huge part, he is a leader and of course the situation is like that.

Tuchel says the players are affected by the lack of clarity over what their future will be

‘The situation regarding to the future of every individual player is not that clear because there are no talks for nobody at the moment.

‘We try to minimise the influence, I think it’s important to accept it and not use it as an excuse, so if there’s a certain degree of distraction, a certain degree of uncertainty, okay we accept it but there is still another 100 per cent to reach and this is still our level.’

Chelsea, who are three points clear of Arsenal in third, host Wolves on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

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