Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger says ‘the family feels good in London’ as talks continue over new contract | Soccer News

Antonio Rudiger says “his family feels good in London” as the defender continues contract negotiations with Chelsea, with his current contract expiring in the summer.

Rudiger is now able to sign a pre-contract deal with overseas clubs after entering the final six months of his contract.

Barcelona are monitoring their contract situation, while Sky Sports News reported earlier this month that Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus have all opened talks with Rudiger’s representatives over a free transfer this summer.

But Rudiger is in no rush to sign a pre-contract deal with a new club, and the Germany international is aware Premier League sides could be interested if he becomes a free agent this summer.

Asked about his contractual situation in an exclusive interview with sky sports, Rudiger said: “As always, I am fully committed to the cause.

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Sports journalist Anita Abayomi says Antonio Rudiger’s mentality sets him apart from other players as the defender is a mentor to Chelsea’s young defenders.

“Talks are between my team and the club, and that’s all you need to know.”

Asked about the big factors that will decide the next step in his career, the 28-year-old said: “You have to listen ma’am.

“You have to think about your family. My children were born here in London, which tells you that my family feels good here.

“The rest is up to other people to make decisions and then we’ll see if we get together or not.”

Rudiger turns 29 in March and his next deal could be the biggest of his career, with the former Roma defender keen to be paid what he thinks he’s worth.

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Antonio Rudiger gave Chelsea the lead in the League Cup semi-final at Tottenham when he headed home a Mason Mount corner

Rudiger hasn’t ruled out signing a new contract with Chelsea, but the European champions would have to make him the Premier League’s highest-paid defender if they want to keep him.

Chelsea’s latest contract offer – made at the start of the season – was rejected by Rudiger and his representatives as it promised to pay him only half of what the club’s top earners earn.

Despite the uncertainty and speculation over his future, Rudiger says it’s “easy” to stay committed to Chelsea for the rest of his contract.

He said: “Yes, I find it easy to do. I’m not just saying words, I’m fully committed to the cause. I think I’ve always shown that.

“There have been worse times than this, which is why I found it easy to deal with. I focus on what is happening here and on the pitch.

“I owe it to everyone here at the club, the coach, my teammates and my family, that’s why I only focus on the important things.

“Other things are speculation – I can’t comment on that.”

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Sky Sports’ Jack Wilkinson analyzes what Chelsea would miss if they failed to secure Antonio Rudiger’s future

Rudiger joined Chelsea from Roma in July 2017 and won the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League with the club.

Chelsea could face a number of defensive departures this summer, with captain Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen also seeing their contracts expire this summer.

However, Thiago Silva will remain at Stamford Bridge next season after signing a one-year contract extension this month.

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