Despite contract negotiations breaking down, there is no doubt that Rudiger is a key player for the Blues and has been an impressive mainstay at the heart of the defence since Tuchel took over, helping the club win the Champions League last season.
The club will also likely be reluctant to let a player of such ability leave on a free transfer, especially to a major European rival, while they were also understood to be in the market for a centre back in the summer themselves, especially after selling Kurt Zouma to West Ham.
While he is comfortable playing in a back four, he has slotted seamlessly into Tuchel’s three-man defence over the last few months, striking up an impressive on-field relationship with Thiago Silva.
His ability to play with the ball at his feet, in addition to being an aerial threat makes the player someone that Tuchel cannot really afford to lose.
Real or Bayern if anyone?
There is no doubt that the player would go straight into the starting lineup for either side, however, one glaringly obvious possibility is Real Madrid, with the club not replacing either Sergio Ramos or Raphael Varane in the summer.
It would represent a statement defensive signing for the La Liga giants who could really make the most of the summer transfer window financially, especially if club president Florentino Perez also manages to land Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer and activate striker Erling Braut Haaland’s £65 million release clause.
Meanwhile, after signing Dayot Upemacano from RB Leipzig last summer, Rudiger would make the perfect defensive partner for the youngster at Bayern Munich. The club is understood to still be struggling financially from the effects of the pandemic, so on a free transfer, he would represent an astute addition.
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