Tuchel gives verdict on four Chelsea players who could leave for free at the end of the season

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Four Chelsea defenders Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta are all in the final year of their contracts with Chelsea, and will be able to hold talks with clubs outside the Premier League from 1 January.

So far, transfer negotiations have been ongoing, and it’s yet to be seen who will leave or stay at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has insisted that he’s not worried about the contract situation of his players.

Asked if was concerned over the future of the quartet, Tuchel told a press conference ahead of the Everton game: “No, not so much.

“I think that all of these players know very well how much we appreciate them, the big role they play in our plans, in the presence of this team and of this club.

“And I think they are very aware of it and will not throw it away like this.

“Of course it’s their right now to do things, but it’s also their right to stay with us and create a future and be a part of the future of Chelsea Football Club.

“And we are honoured, we are honoured with patience, we are honoured also with confidence and we are honoured with a trust in the relationship between the players and the staff, but also between the players and the club, and this is how it should be.”

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