Tuchel – Charm offensive won't work in persuading Rudiger to re-sign

‘I don’t think taking Rudiger out for coffee will help, it might push him out!’: Thomas Tuchel jokes that charm offensive will not persuade defender to sign new deal as he considers options with Chelsea contract running out

  • Chelsea are buoyed their 2-0 Carabao semi-final first-leg win over Tottenham 
  • They take on Chesterfield at home this weekend in the FA Cup third round
  • Thomas Tuchel insisted Blues cannot be arrogant and assumed they will win 
  • He also gave an update on the contract situation with Antonio Rudiger 

Thomas Tuchel was his usual mischievous self as he joked that taking Antonio Rudiger out for a cozy coffee could in fact persuade him to leave Chelsea. 

The manager insists Antonio Rudiger is a ‘top professional’ who will not be distracted by his uncertain future. 

Rudiger’s Chelsea contract will expire at the end of the season. He has yet to agree a new deal and is now free to discuss a move with interested clubs overseas. 

Thomas Tuchel (left) joked that taking Antonio Rudiger out for coffee will make no difference in convincing the centre-back to stay at the club rather than leave this summer

Speaking at a press conference, the manager said there is no update on the contract situation

Chelsea and Rudiger are at an impasse and when asked whether Tuchel was working on wooing the centre-back, he quipped: ‘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. 

But the distraction of his future does not seem to have affected him as he continues to put in reliable performances for the Stamford Bridge club. 

Chelsea are in action at home against Chesterfield on Saturday in the third round of the FA Cup. 

The non-league side would produce one of the great giant killings if they manage to spring an unlikely shock on Chelsea but Tuchel is warning against complacency. 

He said: ‘You can lose any game in football, that’s why it is so popular. It would be hugely arrogant to say we can’t lose. Of course we are favourites, the opposite to Germany where they switch home advantage to the smaller team. 

‘Of course we want to win and demand that from ourselves but we respect the game and any opponent. 

The Blues are heading into Saturday’s game against Chesterfield full of confidence 

‘You have to deliver and have a squad ready to enjoy these minutes. As boring as it is, it is like this. Except for Leicester, there are a lot of teams with unfinished business, they are the only ones with finished business. 

‘We have enough to prove ourselves on the pitch, don’t judge the importance of the game or opponent, just do our thing.’

In terms of other transfer dealings, Tuchel said there is no news on whether Ross Barkley will leave on loan. 

He added: ‘We haven’t discussed it yet. It depends what he wants and if there are possibilities that make sense. There is always a chance for him to make it onto the pitch especially at the moment. The situation has not changed and we will take a decision later.’ 

And on a possible return for Emerson, he said: ‘I will not give any details on Emerson but I will not hide from the fact that we have a long term injury in Chilwell. 

‘Of course we appreciate Emerson and he is a top guy, top professional and he is still a Chelsea player. We are looking into this position and he is one of the options.’ 

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