Antonio Rudiger: Chelsea open contract talks with defender

Chelsea have held initial talks with Antonio Rudiger about a new long-term contract.

The Blues want the German defender to sign a three-year deal that also includes the option of a further year.

An agreement is not close and discussions have been somewhat interrupted by the postponement of the season due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

Nevertheless, Chelsea have been impressed with Rudiger’s performances since returning from a groin injury in December and want to tie him down until at least 2023.

The 27-year-old, whose current deal expires in 2022, is emerging as one of Europe’s top centre-backs and is especially highly-rated in his home country, with both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund among his admirers.

Rudiger was at the centre of a racism row in December after reporting he had heard monkey gestures during the Premier League win at Tottenham, who, along with police, were unable to identify a perpetrator.

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