Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel insists he is relaxed about Antonio Rudiger’s future, adding that the defender “doesn’t have much reason” to leave the club.
Rudiger has entered the final year of his contract and can sign a pre-contract agreement with clubs outside of England starting in January before a free transfer next summer.
Reports this week suggested that parts of Europe were preparing to make a move in favor of the German international after talks between him and Chelsea were said to have stalled.
Sky Sports News He understands that Rudiger is discussing a new deal with the European champion, but is considering all his options before committing his future to the club and that he is relaxed about his situation, something Tuchel wanted to echo.
“I hope they find a solution but it is not just between coaches and players,” he explained. “It is between the club and the player’s agent.
“Play excellent for a long time, very consistent [and] at a very high level. He feels very calm, very focused and obviously not a distraction for him.
“So give things time, sometimes it takes a little more time, sometimes things get really fast. There is no news from me.”
Rudiger’s fortunes have taken a huge turn in the past 12 months, as he was scheduled to leave Chelsea on loan last January after losing favor with Frank Lampard.
However, the 28-year-old opted to stick around and quickly found himself back on the sidelines when compatriot Tuchel replaced Lampard later that month.
Since then, Rudiger has missed just five of Tuchel’s 36 matches in charge, establishing himself as a key player and playing every minute of Chelsea’s career in the knockout stages to win the Champions League in May.
Tuchel added: “I think Toni feels very, very good at Chelsea. He feels the respect of his teammates, he feels the importance he has in the team. He is well deserved because he delivers.
“Feel the love of the fans. He plays in the strongest league in Europe and in a great club, so there is not much reason to change. But he is in good hands. I am calm and relaxed, whatever has to happen will happen.” . “
Tuchel also offered his support to Rudiger’s defense partner. Reece James, who had several medals stolen from home while playing in Chelsea’s Champions League win over Zenit on Tuesday night.
The head coach said: “It was quite shocking for all of us to hear the news and then see the images.
“There is not much to say. It is a fact that we support him. The club is very supportive and we support him emotionally.
“Sometimes it helps to stay focused on the game and training.”
‘It is always a good time to play against the Spurs’
Chelsea face Tottenham at #GameZero on Sunday – live Sky sports starting at 4pm, with London rivals worried about the availability of wingers Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn after they were injured in a 2-2 draw in Rennes on Thursday.
Heung-Min Son’s fitness is also in doubt after he missed the last two Spurs games with a calf injury, but Tuchel rejected the idea that his opponent’s problems make it a good time to travel to North London and praised the “energy” of Nuno Espirito Santo. he had brought the club since his arrival in the summer.
He said: “It is always a good time to play against Tottenham because it is a great game and they are great rivals. It is one of the games you want to play.”
“I don’t think it’s a good time because the players are out, you never know the effect. They have a new coach who brings new energy. They got off to a fantastic start with the home win against Man City.
“They created an atmosphere in the stadium that allowed them to beat Manchester City. They were relentless and hard-working, so we expect them to do the same against us and so we expect a tough opponent.”
“I am competitive, I trust us and I think we have to be at our highest level to have a chance to win the game.”
Tuchel, who will welcome N’Golo Kante back to the team for Sunday’s game but has yet to count on Christian Pulisic, also dismissed the idea that Chelsea’s two additional days off before their game against Spurs would give an unfair advantage.
Chelsea’s home win over Zenit came 48 hours before Spurs’ draw in Rennes, and Tuchel welcomed the extra break and said: “It’s good, I like it, because we had a good day off. It’s very rare.
“But is it an advantage? I think if you go into the statistics over the years, I think you don’t find any advantage if a team has one or two more days.” [rest]. Sometimes it’s good to keep up, it depends. “
How can Tottenham stop Lukaku?
By Ron Walker
Romelu Lukaku has announced his return to Chelsea with four goals in as many games. How can Tottenham prevent the Blues’ ‘main man’ from adding another this weekend?
Lukaku was labeled the ‘complete forward’ by Sky Sports’ Graeme Souness following his double in a 3-0 win over Aston Villa last Saturday, and has started racing on his return to the Premier League after scoring 47 goals in Serie A in the past two seasons with Inter. from Milan.
He has searched for the missing piece of the puzzle for Thomas Tuchel’s Champions League winners, who scored just 25 times in the 19 German league games in charge last season, and owe their best results almost entirely to a line of reinforced bottom that conceded only 15 goals in that time keeping 11 clean sheets.
The arrival of Lukaku has brought a new headache for the leaders of the opposition. The 28-year-old is a nightmare in the area, already exceeding his expected goal goal and has won more matches than almost anyone in his first three matches, all while being one of Chelsea’s best creators as well. Tuchel himself has admitted that the Blues “missed” someone of his quality.
“He’s goalscoring,” Souness said. “You have someone who can get you goals out of nowhere. I think he’s close enough to the full forward, he’s very good at everything.”
Pablo Mari of Arsenal took to the clean-up when trying to face Lukaku on his debut, but is so willing to punish defenders that they give him space, as he demonstrated with his touch and fabulous shot for Chelsea’s third against Villa .
Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo has already outplayed a tough rival at Manchester City this season, and now how does he manage to keep the great Belgian at bay when they go head-to-head? Sky Sports Premier League at #GameZero this weekend?