Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has been urged to give Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger what he wants.
Rudiger’s £100,000-a-week contract expires at the end of the season and the German international wants the Blues to double his pay to show his worth to the club, something Granovskaia isn’t willing to do currently.
The Blues are instead offering Rudiger £140,000-a-week to extend his Chelsea deal.
Former Chelsea midfielder Emmanuel Petit has urged Granovskaia to give Rudiger what he wants as he is not convinced there is a ready-made replacement available at the right price.
Petit told Bookmakers.co.uk: “If he leaves, it would be a real pity for Chelsea.
“If I remember correctly before [Thomas] Tuchel came in he was on the bench and wasn’t playing. Now he looks like one of the best defenders around.
“He could leave on a free and Chelsea would have to spend a minimum of £30 million to find a new defender of his level, and there’s never a guarantee a buy will work out. If he asks for two more years, just give him the money.”