Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger was spotted in a heart-warming moment after Germany’s 6-0 thrashing over Armenia during the international break.
Rudiger, 28, has only featured in Sunday night’s game during this international period, having sat out the 2-0 win away to minnows Liechtenstein in midweek.
The Blues defender has only conceded one goal in four games for club and country at the start of the new 2021/22 campaign, which is testament to how good he has been defensively since Frank Lampard left the club midway through last season.
His transformation from being completely frozen out by the Chelsea legend, to now being one of the first names on the team-sheet, just demonstrates how quickly fortunes can change for any footballer.
As a result of his clear happiness both on and off the pitch at this moment, Rudiger was spotted in a moment of joy giving back to the people who mean the most to players- the fans.
After the final whistle went in the Armenia demolition, the German lynchpin was spotted giving his match jersey to a fan who looked very grateful at the gesture provided to him by Chelsea’s No. 2.
Blues fans @CFCDaily made a good point after seeing what the central defender did as he tweeted: ‘Always has time for fans.’
Rudiger’s metaphoric rise over the past year has prompted contract talks for a new and improved deal for the German, as manager Tuchel is desperate for the 28-year-old that he wanted at former club Paris Saint-Germain to commit his future to this new Chelsea project.
“If Toni wants to stay at the club then he has our full support,” explained Tuchel in May.
“Nothing is better than what is doing for a new contract. He is speaking with his performances and has been amazing.
“He is very brave and full of energy in his defending. He is leading by example and has a very positive aggressivity in him. This is what we like. When he can channel all this into top performances, we are all very happy to have him.”
Rudiger himself did confirm those rumours of the German boss wanting to acquire his services during his tenure in France.
“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 tie Rudiger to a new deal but negotiations could be difficult with the defender seeking a significant wage.
Barring any unfortunate injuries against Iceland on Wednesday, the 28-year-old should be available for the Aston Villa Premier League clash on September 11.
Source by Football London