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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is one of the high-profile stars who can sign a pre-contract agreement in January and his agent has reportedly entered transfer discussions with four clubs.
The German has a deal that ends in June which means he can now agree a summer move to a foreign club.
Rudiger has become a key player for Chelsea since Tuchel’s appointment just under a year ago.
He was crucial as his countryman lifted the Blues from ninth to fourth in the Premier League in just four months.
The 28-year-old also played an important role in Chelsea’s incredible Champions League-winning campaign. Rudiger was dominant in the 1-0 showdown victory over Manchester City.
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Losing the centre-back would be a tough blow for the West Londoners, who would need to spend huge money to replace him.
Rudiger has not ruled out signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge and has frequently praised Tuchel.
However, Sky Sports claim that the player’s agent is in discussions with Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus over a possible summer transfer.
Rudiger can sign a pre-contract with any of those clubs from now until his Chelsea contract ends on June 30.
Increased talk over Rudiger’s contract is yet another story for Tuchel to deal with, alongside the saga of Romelu Lukaku’s controversial Sky Italia interview.
In December, the 48-year-old warned Rudiger that he is not ‘bigger than the club’.
“We absolutely accept and are fully aware of the importance of Toni and the role that he’s playing on and off the pitch. There is no doubt about that,”Tuchel said.
“It’s true that nobody is bigger than the club and this is a team effort and a strong club.
“It’s not only about Toni and I mean that in the best way because we know what he’s doing and we’re fully aware of it.
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“In the end, we need a bit of patience. I have no update right now.”
Rudiger told the Guardian in October: “The most important thing is that I feel happy here. I think if people look at it, they can see I’m happy.
“About the contract situation, I talk with the club. This is for nobody’s ears. It was how I said it would be after the Euros – there would be talks. There was a talk between Marina [Granovskaia, a Chelsea director] and my agent.
“We have the situation where we are at now and I have nothing to do with all the speculation. This is not in my mind. I’m focused on what I’m doing because this is why I wake up every morning.”
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