Could Chelsea contract rebel Rudiger make Serie A return?

epa09535046 Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea in action during the UEFA Champions League group H soccer match between Chelsea FC and Malmo FF in London, Britain, 20 October 2021. EPA-EFE/Neil Hall

In-form defender Antonio Rudiger is still far from agreeing a contract renewal with Chelsea, leaving the door open for a possible return to Serie A, although Real Madrid are reportedly in pole to sign him.

The 28-year-old German defender has been in talks with the Blues regarding a new deal for some months now but a contract renewal is still ‘far from being reached’ with the club, Fabrizio Romano reports.

With Rudiger being available on a free transfer next summer, should a renewal not be signed, then there’s a chance that he could decide to return to Serie A, with Milan interested in acquiring him.

The German centre back previously spent two years in Italy with Roma, making 72 appearances across all competitions for the Giallorossi before moving to Chelsea in the summer of 2017. He left a strong impression in the Italian capital, remembered for his key defensive work.

Milan are interested in signing Rudiger as a replacement for the injured Simon Kjaer, who has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury, but nothing serious has taken place so far.

According to Romano, there haven’t been talks between the player’s representative and Milan. Different reports in Italy, suggest Juventus are also monitoring the 28-year-old but, yet again, no contacts between the two parties seem to have been established.

Real Madrid are currently leading the race to sign the 28-year-old German defender on a free transfer, but their wage budget may be a little restricted should they finally succeed in their quest to sign Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain.

3 Comments on “Could Chelsea contract rebel Rudiger make Serie A return?”

  1. I am not sure how much this guy makes at Chelsea, but I would be inclined to think that no less than 6 or 7m would be needed to lure him back to Italy. I don’t see any club paying that sum other than maybe Juventus, but they are in deep shit if they do not qualify to UCL which is by no means a given now

  2. Rube will wait be interested. If he is free they will get the paper work ready. 5 year deal and 10 mil a season. They only know the art of the free deal but not knowing how to sell.

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