Antonio Rudiger has revealed he is in no rush to sign a pre-contract deal, despite interest from some of Europe’s top clubs.
Rudiger’s current contract at Chelsea expires at the end of the season and is already free to sign a deal with foreign clubs before the next term.
Talks have stalled over a new deal at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea hesitant to meet Rudiger’s salary demands of over £ 200,000 a week.
Earlier this week it was reported that Real Madrid, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich had entered into negotiations with Rudiger’s representatives in the hope of recruiting him for free.
Reports in Spain have since indicated that Madrid have withdrawn from a deal to bring the 28-year-old to the Bernabeu as they are unable to meet his request for funding.
But Rudiger is in no rush to sign elsewhere and is also aware that there may well be interest from other Premier League clubs if he were to terminate his contract and become a free agent this summer, according to Sky Sports.
Chelsea are keen on keeping him at Stamford Bridge, but the West London club are expected to make him the highest paid defender in the Premier League to do so.
Asked earlier this week if Rudiger would sign a new deal at Chelsea, Tuchel said: “I can’t predict the future.
“I don’t know if his reps have spoken to other clubs, if you know or assume, fair enough.
“Of course it’s possible now because it’s January and he hasn’t signed yet.
“But if I understand correctly, we are in communication with him, the club is in communication with him, I guess he is very aware of what I demand of him and that I enjoy working with him.”
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