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Chelsea open ‘talks’ with Rudiger as German giants interested in defender

Chelsea have opened contract talks with Antonio Rudiger as the club look to secure the defender’s long-term future amid interest from the Bundesliga.

The Germany international has established himself as Chelsea‘s leading centre-back despite injury problems in recent months, with the club impressed by Rudiger’s performances since returning from a groin problem in December.

The west London side are said to have opened talks with the 27-year-old over a new three-year deal to remain at Stamford Bridge, the deal including the option of a further year.

Sky Sports are reporting that a new contract remains some way from being finalised, however, with negotiations having stalled at present with the season currently suspended amid the coronavirus crisis.

Rudiger’s current contract will have two years remaining at the end of the season, though Chelsea are keen to secure an extension with both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund reportedly monitoring the defender’s situation.

The towering centre-back – who has earned 30 caps for the German national team – has made 105 appearances in all competitions for the Blues since arriving in a £29m deal from Roma three years ago.

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