“Taking this Chelsea player out for coffee could make him leave Chelsea” – Thomas Tuchel

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has joked that taking Antonio Rudiger out for a cozy coffee could in fact persuade him to leave Chelsea.

Rudiger’s Chelsea contract will expire at the end of the season and the German international has stalled on extending his Chelsea contract. He is now free to discuss a move with interested clubs overseas.

Various reports have claimed Chelsea’s last offer for Rudiger was a contract worth £140,000 weekly but the German international wants a contract in excess of £200,000 weekly.

When asked whether he was working on wooing Rudiger to sign a new contract, Tuchel responded: “I don’t know if taking him for coffee will help… maybe it would push him out!

“He needs to feel it by minutes and by actions. I don’t feel he needs a lot of words and pampering and coffee talks and invitations to dinner, and whatever.

“He is a top professional. This is what he proves and he is very important.

“It is a no problem situation for me,’ said Tuchel as he praised the Germany international defender for his performance against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

“Also for Toni, he can still deliver. He played a fantastic match in a back-four and so he’s super reliable.”

Chelsea want to keep Rudiger who has been in excellent form this season and have not given up hope despite interest in recent months from Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

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