Thomas Tuchel 'confident' of new Antonio Rudiger Chelsea contract despite Barcelona talks

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel remains confident of securing a deal for defensive star Antonio Rudiger to stay at the club, despite the club not being able to offer new contracts to players amidst the continued government sanctions placed upon current owner Roman Abramovich.

Rudiger, 29, joined the Blues in 2017 in a £32million deal from Italian giants Roma.

The German has been a mainstay in the side ever since Thomas Tuchel’s appointment just over a year ago, and helped the club massively in their Champions League triumph last season.

However, the Stuttgart academy product is out of contract at the end of the season, leaving clubs such as Barcelona and Bayern Munich to take an interest in signing him as there would be no fee involved.

With the club currently under heavy sanctions – due to the UK Government detailing owner Roman Abramovich as having links to the Russian Government amidst the Ukrainian conflict – they are not allowed to sign, sell or offer contracts to players, leaving Rudiger’s future in limbo.

But Tuchel still harbours hopes that the Germany international will stay at Stamford Bridge for next season, stating he is ‘still confident’ a deal will be agreed once new owners take over from Abramovich.

“I would try to meet him if he was not our player,” Tuchel said.

“We still have a contract and have a good chance [to renew] when the ownership issue is sorted.

“It is fair enough if he listens to others but I am still confident.”

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