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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger 'set to become one of the highest paid defenders ever
25/09/2021 09:25:26

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could command a staggering pay packet of £400,000 a week if he leaves Stamford Bridge when his deal expires at the end of the season, according to a report.

Germany regular Rudiger has been a key player for Thomas Tuchel since the Blues boss arrived in December, enticing Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid to show an interest in securing his services once his deal ends.

Tuchel has argued that reliable Rudiger is playing in the strongest league in the world by staying at the club, and the 28-year-old is understood to be seeking around £200,000 a week to renew terms.

A move to one of the wealthy heavyweights chasing his signature, though, could earn Rudiger a huge payday worth around double that wage, the Mirror has said.

PSG have lavished money on wages this summer, signing huge earners including Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos on free transfers.

Rudiger could now follow suit by turning a reported £130,000 a week wage into a salary that would make him among the highest paid defenders of all time.

According to the outlet, which has also linked Juventus with the former Roma star, Rudiger's representatives are set to field offers at the Club World Cup in January.

Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann played down links with Rudiger this week because the transfer window is not open.

Nagelsmann made his admiration for Rudiger clear by adding: 'I'm talking about him now as a football fan, because he is a German senior international.

'He has made a super development. Thomas [Tuchel] has handled him extremely well – he was still on the sidelines at Chelsea a year ago and is now certainly one of their most decisive players.'

Speaking to Sky Germany on Thursday, Rudiger insisted: 'For me, this will be the most important decision of my professional career, so I won't rush anything. Personally, I haven't spoken to any club other than Chelsea.'

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