Chelsea to face Tuchel’s anger over a world-class player

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has urged the club to come to an agreement over the future of Antonio Rudiger

Chelsea could be on a collision course with boss Thomas Tuchel over the future of defender Antonio Rudiger – with the German boss urging the club to tie down the ex-AS Roma ace.

Rudiger has evolved into a key player under Tuchel after previously being on the periphery at Stamford Bridge under Frank Lampard.

But the 28-year-old is now in the final 12 months of his contract with the Blues – and negotiations appear to have stalled in recent weeks.

Thomas Tuchel has Chelsea to keep Antonio Rudiger
Thomas Tuchel has Chelsea to keep Antonio Rudiger (Image: GETTY)

His form over the past year has a host of European heavyweights on red alert over a free switch next summer, with Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid all monitoring the situation. Chelsea’s Premier League rivals Tottenham also remain keen admirers.

The failure to strike a deal has lead to Tuchel directly getting involved, with the Blues boss reportedly urging the Stamford Bridge hierarchy to strike a deal over Rudiger’s future.

And failing to do so could see Chelsea risk the wrath of their boss, who has a history of clashing with his employers.

Tuchel’s time at Borussia Dortmund came to an abrupt end due to a number of disagreements over transfers, and it was reported at the time that the German was not on speaking terms with Dortmund CEO Hans Joachim-Watzke when he departed.

His relationship with the hierarchy at his club prior to that, Mainz, was also left in tatters.

That doesn’t bode well for the Blues should they fail to heed his demands over Rudiger.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has shown in the past that he can be equally ruthless – and potential a collision between the pair is unlikely to end well for anyone.

Blues defender Cesar Azpilicueta has already given a hint that players have felt Tuchel’s wrath with his comments following their first half performance in the 3-0 win over Tottenham.

“He [Tuchel] was not happy, we were not happy with our performance,” the Chelsea captain told Sky Sports after the game. “Even though we were able to arrive around the box we did not shoot on target, they created a few chances where we could have conceded.”

Tuchel himself has admitted that he can be emotional in the dressing room – and that could be set to blow over into the boardroom if a resolution over Rudiger can not be found.

“Can I be a shouter? Yes, if it is necessary, I can be totally emotional and a shouter if I have the feeling this is the moment to do it and to surprise you,” said Tuchel earlier this year when discussing his demeanor.

“If I do it all the time nobody will listen because it becomes a habit and everybody gets used to it, so the goal is to stay unpredictable.

“It is important to me to build trust and a relationship that we can rely on and not shouting at people and insulting people in front of a group, that is unacceptable.

“This will never change. I don’t do stuff to be loved by everybody in the dressing room.”

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