Thomas Tuchel on the moment when contract talks with Antonio Rüdiger “didn’t look good”

Antonio Rudiger is close to a free transfer to Real Madrid after five successful years at Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel admits he is ‘disappointed’ to lose the defender

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Thomas Tuchel on Antonio Rudiger leaving Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel remembered that moment Antonio Rudiger knocked on his door at the Chelsea training ground as he prepared to end his five-year tenure at Stamford Bridge.

Rüdiger’s upcoming exit for real Madrid is one of the many problems the blues have faced since their First League Title hopes began to fade. First it was The disturbing interview by Romelu Lukaku where he said he would “return” to play for Inter Milan, it was the noise surrounding Roman Abramovich that led to that Selling decision of the Russian owner.

And after the crash from the Champions League Despite 2:3 against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu, Tuchel’s last headache was the future of one of the Premier League’s most reliable defenders. In a new update, the Germany manager has opened up about the moment he knew Rudiger was going to leave the club.

He said: “If Toni knocks on your door an hour before training, it’s not a good sign. He doesn’t usually knock – he’ll just grab you in between and tell you something, so everyone thought it didn’t look good.

“Then we had this short conversation. First of all, I appreciated that he came and told me. I was one of the first and it shows me that we have a relationship where we deal with things directly and honestly and aren’t afraid to tell each other what we think.”

Despite the fact that he will soon be leaving west London, Rudiger has received plenty of praise from his compatriot. Tuchel explained the centre-back is “not the type you have to take to 10 dinners and 12 coffees to talk him into something” – and Rudiger has now made up his mind the pair have “good relations”.

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Antonio Rüdiger visited Thomas Tuchel in his office in Cobham


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The blues boss added: “He has strong opinions, which is part of his personality. He demands clarity and honesty but that’s very low maintenance from him.” Rudiger won’t be easy to replace and Chelsea’s other dependable centre-back is 37 – although against Thiago Silva you wouldn’t bet on just moving on.

It may well be time for academy product Trevoh Chalobah to step up and become a regular at Chelsea. But according to La Razon, the Blues could be willing to fork out £50m to bring Pau Torres from Villarreal. The Spaniard has kept a respectable job Liverpool It was quiet on Wednesday until an own goal from Pervis Estupinan opened the floodgates – and he was one of the architects of the Yellow Subs’ quarter-final triumph over Bayern Munich.

But Antonio Rudiger’s loss is far from ideal and Tuchel admitted: “I was disappointed, but not on a personal level. It’s his right to find out what opportunities he had and it’s his right to change clubs. I didn’t like it and he knows we didn’t like it, but we’ve had great players with injuries for many weeks or months and life doesn’t stop.

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