Antonio Rudiger has revealed that current Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel wanted to acquire his services whilst the German was in charge of French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
Rudiger has been one of the many undroppables in the Chelsea side that have won the Champions League title since the ex-Borussia Dortmund manager took over midway through last season.
Tuchel’s preference of his fellow countrymen has recently spelled the end for the seven-year servant to the club Kurt Zouma, who departed the club to move across London to join David Moyes’ West Ham.
The German boss himself had admitted in the past to preferring the ex-Roma centre-half ahead of Jose Mourinho’s central defender signing.
“Nothing is better than what he’s doing [Antonio Rudiger] to fight for a new contract,” said Tuchel back in May. “If he wants to have a new contract he has our full support, if he wants to stay at the club then speaking with performances, this is what he’s doing.
“Since day one we chose him in the first match, it was an unfair decision against Kurt, but he is German and I had a clear picture of what he can do because I followed him a bit more than Kurt Zouma.
“So it was an unfair decision and I had a clear picture of what I can ask of him and what he is capable of delivering to a team.
“He took the chance and since then it is absolutely well deserved that he is in the team.
“He is kind of an aggressive leader, has a natural aggression in him, hates to lose, hard to beat in duels, very very brave and full of energy in defending.
“He’s leading by example, has a positive aggression, this is what we like and when he can channel all this into top performances we are very happy to have him.”
It has been common knowledge for a while that the relationship between Tuchel and Rudiger is strong and this has been demonstrated through the Chelsea boss’ will to try and sign the 28-year-old earlier on in his managerial career in the French capital.
“Yes, this is true,” the German International told Sky Sports.
“At the beginning of last season, I wasn’t a favourite here, so there was an option and I was thinking about leaving and PSG was my number one target.
“It didn’t happen for these reasons and at the end of the day, he came here.”
football.london understands that the club are looking to secure Rudiger to a new deal but negotiations could be difficult with the defender seeking a significant wage.
Source by Football London