Former Arsenal forward Ian Wright thinks Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger will run his contract down and leave the club for free at the end of this season.
The 29-year-old joined the west London club back in 2017 from Serie A giants AS Roma. The center-back initially struggled to showcase his best at Stamford Bridge. However, he has established himself as one of the best defenders in the world since the arrival of the German boss Thomas Tuchel.
The defender’s current contract will expire at the end of this season. And the two parties have failed to reach an agreement on a new contract. Meanwhile, following the UK government’s sanction on the club, they are unable to make any contract offers to their players.
Speaking on Kelly and Wright’s show, via The Chelsea Chronicle, the former forward stated that he believes Antonio Rudiger will leave the club at the end of this season.
Where will Chelsea ace Rudiger go next season?
Reports are claiming that Antonio Rudiger has agreed to join the reigning La Liga winner Real Madrid at the end of this season. Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano stated with his trademark ‘here we go’ words that he will join Los Blancos next season.
Losing Rudiger will be a huge blow for Chelsea. Apart from the German, Andreas Christensen has also reportedly decided to leave the club for free and join Barcelona. Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso are also linked with a move away from the west London club.
So, Chelsea will be looking to renovate their defense in the upcoming summer transfer window. And following the ownership issue gets resolved they will be able to focus on planning their transfer policy for the summer.
Meanwhile, the Blues haven’t secured their place in the Champions League next season. They are currently only five points ahead of the fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur. And they need to win a few more games before the end of this season.