Chelsea identify replacement for Antonio Rudiger should he leave

Chelsea have identified a replacement for Antonio Rudiger, who is out of contract with the club this summer, according to reports.

Rudiger’s contract situation

Rudiger has become arguably Chelsea’s best central defender under Thomas Tuchel, and would put on yet another superb showing over the weekend versus Norwich.

This marks a stark contrast from the first half of 2020/21, when the stopper had fallen massively out of favour under Frank Lampard.

Despite his return to favour, though, Rudiger’s long-term future at Chelsea has remained up in the air for some time now.

This comes with the German having less than a year remaining on his current contract at Stamford Bridge.

In August, Rudiger provided an update on his contract situation, and it looked like good news for the Chelsea faithful, as the German confirmed that he had opened talks over extending his deal.

However, we have heard very little when it comes to developments since, despite Rudiger remaining an integral part of Chelsea’s set-up.

Chelsea eye Rudiger replacement

But whilst most Chelsea fans likely want to see Rudiger remain at the club, it appears as though the Londoners have now identified a replacement for the German.

According to journalist Rudy Galetti, Chelsea have identified Juventus defender Matthijs De Ligt as the replacement for Rudiger should he indeed depart the club.

It is added that Marina Granovskaia, Chelsea’s director, is said to be in constant contact with De Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola, whilst Juventus value the centre-back at €100m:

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# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 9 20 22
2 Liverpool FC 9 21 21
3 Manchester City 9 16 20
4 West Ham United 9 6 17
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 9 0 15
6 Tottenham Hotspur 9 -4 15
7 Manchester United 9 1 14
8 Everton FC 9 1 14
9 Leicester City 9 0 14
10 Arsenal FC 9 -3 14
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 0 13
12 Brentford FC 9 2 12
13 Aston Villa 9 -2 10
14 Watford FC 9 -5 10
15 Crystal Palace 9 -3 9
16 Southampton FC 9 -4 8
17 Leeds United 9 -8 7
18 Burnley FC 9 -8 4
19 Newcastle United 9 -9 4
20 Norwich City 9 -21 2
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Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 4
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 4
Hwang, Hee-chan Wolverhampton Wanderers 4
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 4
Greenwood, Mason Manchester United 4
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