Chelsea News: Chelsea fear dressing-room revolt over Antonio Rudiger’s future and wage demands
Chelsea are facing a vital January transfer window with Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva all having just six months left on their current deals.
Antonio Rudiger’s contract demands are reportedly causing huge issues at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea unwilling to offer the German ace another improved deal in fear of a dressing-room revolt.
Rudiger snubbed the Blues latest contract proposal labelling it a ‘slap in the face’, despite receiving a bumper boost to his wage packet.
The 28-year-old is requesting a minimum salary of £200k-a-week and it is believed Thomas Tuchel‘s latest offer fell £60k-a-week shy of Rudiger’s demands.
And while Chelsea are eager to keep one of this season’s standout stars, it looks all the more likely the German ace will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the campaign.
The Blues hierarchy are unwilling to meet his demands due to several other key players also entering the final six months of their current deals.
The Telegraph report the Blues would be willing to increase their original offer but they are aware that being held to ransom could lead to a dressing-room revolt at Stamford Bridge.
seasoned professionals Cesar Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva are both yet to renew their deals at the west London club while Andreas Christensen has already rejected two contract extensions.
And Chelsea officials are concerned that surrendering to Rudiger’s demands would see set a poor precedent for future renewals with the rest of the squad.
As well as trying to tie down Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Christensen and Silva, Tuchel is expected to hand out new deals to Mason Mount and Reece James at the end of the campaign to stave off interest from elsewhere.
Now a year on from joining the club, the Chelsea boss faces a vital January transfer window, having also slipped from first to third in the Premier League table.
Despite the emergence of Trevoh Chalobah, at the moment Chelsea are heading into the next campaign with just two central defenders – the other being Malang Sarr who has made just one top-flight appearance for the club.