With Thiago Silva already handed yet another extension with the Blues, two defensive puzzles with thereafter left for the West Londoners to solve especially during this winter transfer window.
These puzzles were crystal clear for Roman Abramovich and the Blues hierarchy; keeping Antonio Rudiger and skipper Cesar Azpilicueta for at least another season.
Chelsea have seemingly edged renewed talks with Cesar Azpilicueta with Antonio Rudiger’s deal still hanging in the balance, according to reports.
The pair’s current deals expire at the end of the season with Rudiger’s future still very much undecided after the Blues’ latest breakthrough with the La Roja defender’s case.
However as per Goal, Chelsea have reopened talks with their sensational defender Antonio Rudiger and are optimistic of keeping him as well at the club.
The report states that there is ‘growing positivity’ after both players initially renewed round of talks with the club this week with Azpilicueta’s talks already pulling through and Rudiger’s looking more like an achievable project.
This comes after Real Madrid withdrew their interest in signing Rudiger, according to reports in Spain.
Los Blancos were leading the race to sign the German but are no longer interested in securing his services.
Last month, Thomas Tuchel was asked to provide an update regarding Rudiger’s future. He said: “It’s true that nobody is bigger than the club and this is a team effort and a strong club.
“It’s not only about Toni and I mean that in the best way because we know what he’s doing and we’re fully aware of it. In the end, we need a bit of patience. I have no update right now.”
Azpilicueta, on the other hand, was attracting interest from Real Madrid’s rivals Barcelona.
Barca were reportedly keeping a close eye on his contract situation and could have moved to sign the Spaniard on a free transfer.
Reports had previously suggested that Azpilicueta would sign a contract extension back in November, with the Blues captain speaking out about the situation.
“I don’t have any concerns. I feel fully trusted by the club since I arrived. At the moment, it is true that my contract ends in June, but I just focus on what’s next, to train and play the best I can,” he said.
In the latest, it appears Rudiger would join Azpilicueta in staying in London beyond the expiry of their current deals.