Chelsea have been reportedly in talks to extend Antonio Rüdiger’s contract beyond 2022, but according to BILD, no such talks have happened yet as the 28-year-old wants to finish out the season first before addressing the situation.
While Rüdiger looked set to leave at the start of the season, he’s become one of our mainstays, starting under Frank Lampard still but especially under Thomas Tuchel. And Tuchel definitely wants Toni to stay.
“If Toni wants to stay at the club then he has our full support. Nothing is better than what is doing for a new contract. He is speaking with his performances and has been amazing.”
“He is very brave and full of energy in his defending. He is leading by example and has a very positive aggressiveness in him. This is what we like. When he can channel all this into top performances, we are all very happy to have him.”
-Thomas Tuchel; source: Chelsea FC
Rüdiger is just one of several defenders on the team entering the final year of their contracts, including fellow center backs Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta — while Thiago Silva’s contract expires next month but probably will be extended soon by a year). Unless we’re set for a major defensive overhaul, new contracts are the order of the day.
Meanwhile, in youth-related news, Seán Roughan of League One side Lincoln City is on our radar, according to The 42. The 17-year-old defender is apparently set for a weeklong trial with the U23s, and should feature in a friendly later this week.
Roughan made his debut for Lincoln this season and has collected 11 appearances for the senior team. Primarily a left back, the Republic of Ireland U17 international has also featured at centre back. Roughan signed his first professional contract with Lincoln last year, and is also apparently on the radar of Southampton, where he’s already undergone a trial.