Four clubs open talks to sign Antonio Rudiger on pre-contract agreement

Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus have all began talks with Antonio Rudiger’s representatives in an attempt to agree a pre-contract agreement for the Chelsea defender, according to reports.

Rudiger’s current deal at Stamford Bridge is set to expire at the end of the season and has been entitled to agree terms with another club as of January 1.

Negotiations over a new deal at Chelsea have reportedly stalled, with the Blues reluctant to meet the centre-back’s demands of a salary in excess of £200,000-a-week.

The Germany international has been a mainstay at the back for the west London club so far this term, having started 20 of their opening 21 Premier League appearances. 

Thomas Tuchel wants to keep Rudiger at the club, but admitted last month that no player is ‘bigger than the club.’

‘We absolutely accept and are fully aware of the importance of Toni and the role that he’s playing on and off the pitch,’ said Tuchel. ‘There is no doubt about that.

‘It’s true that nobody is bigger than the club and this is a team effort and a strong club. It’s not only about Toni and I mean that in the best way because we know what he’s doing and we’re fully aware of it.

‘In the end, we need a bit of patience.’

It is understood that Rudiger is yet to make a final decision over his future, with the option of signing a new deal at Stamford Bridge not being ruled out yet, according to Sky Sports.

The report also added that Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick is a keen admirer of the 28-year-old.

However, the Red Devils would have to wait until the summer to agree a deal given that the pre-contract agreement rule doesn’t apply to clubs from the same country. 

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