According to sources in Italy, Antonio Rudiger will sign a contract with Juventus when his Chelsea contract expires, contradicting recent assertions from England.
Rudiger’s contract with Chelsea expires at the end of the season. It will be the end of his five-year stint with the club. It has been stated that he was eager to extend his contract until the club became unable to negotiate such matters, which is heartbreaking for the Blues.
As a result, the Germany international will be shifting clubs before the summer. Rudiger has piqued the interest of potential suitors after establishing himself as one of the top defenders in the Premier League.
The caliber of clubs pursuing him has been impressive. Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, and Bayern Munich are among the clubs said to be interested.
However, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport, he is reportedly set to join Juventus in the summer. It will be the former Roma defender’s comeback to Serie A.
Rudiger has reached an agreement with Juventus to sign a four-year contract. According to Gazzetta, he preferred them above Real Madrid or Bayern Munich. They are able to get a pre-contract deal because they are a foreign club.
He will contribute to the evolution of their backline, which could lose Matthijs De Ligt for a large fee and has been reliant on the elderly duo of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.
Rudiger is 29 years old, thus he is still in his prime. Juventus will bind him to a deal for €6.5 million per season (about £105,000 per week) until 2026. That is much less than what some reports indicated he was holding out for.
His Chelsea career will come to a conclusion with a slew of silverware. His awards include the FA Cup, Champions League, Europa League, Super Cup, and Club World Cup.
Soon, he’ll be a member of a Juventus team attempting to reclaim their place in Italian football. Last season, they failed to make it ten league titles in a row.
With nine games remaining in the season, they are seven points behind leaders AC Milan. Aside from that, they are attempting to rebuild in order to reclaim their position atop the food chain. The addition of Rudiger is the next step in that process.
According to the article, they may subsequently resort to his Chelsea teammate Jorginho in midfield as well. For the time being, though, Rudiger has been the center of their attention — and they appear to have gotten the desired result.
Rudiger fades from the crosshairs of Manchester United.
It would come as a shock to his other suitors, notably Manchester United, who were thought to be confident of signing him just hours ago.
Man United had the option of keeping Rudiger in the Premier League. The presence of fellow German Ralf Rangnick at the club may have aided his cause.
According to Football Insider, United would be confident in landing Rudiger if they could also appoint Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel as their next manager.
Rangnick, who has been serving as interim manager since the resignation of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is being sought by the Red Devils.
Tuchel has lately entered the race as a result of the uncertainty surrounding Chelsea. However, he has committed his future to his current team. As a result, he appears to have eliminated United’s hopes of enticing Rudiger as well.
United must now look elsewhere for defensive reinforcements. Chelsea, on the other hand, are unable to make any deals to replace Rudiger – or fellow defenders Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta, who are also out of contract – at the moment.