Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp wasn’t impressed with the defending of Antonio Rudiger for an incident involving Tottenham’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who was initially awarded a penalty only for VAR to intervene and a free-kick to be given to Tottenham instead.
However, Redknapp admits Rudiger is a top player that the top teams would want to have and insists Chelsea have to keep the German international.
Rudiger’s Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season and the Blues have so far been unable to reach an agreement over a new contract with the defender. Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are all interested in signing him as a free agent.
Redknapp told Sky Sports: “His defending for the Hojbjerg incident was poor, that could have cost his team, but he’s a player they have to keep. I don’t know what the situation is. He’s going to be courted by all the top teams in world football.”
When asked about Rudiger’s future after the game, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admitted that there is uncertainty but added that Chelsea have a lot to offer the Germany international.
Tuchel said: “Everybody knows there’s a lot of ifs, let’s wait what the reality will be. We have things to offer. He is a player in a Chelsea environment and I think he knows it well.”
Rudiger has been at Chelsea since 2017 and has made 177 appearances for the club, winning the Champions League, the FA Cup and the Europa League.