Chelsea are reportedly planning to discuss a fresh long-term contract with defender Antonio Rudiger following his impressive start to the season under new head coach Maurizio Sarri.
The Germany international joined the west London outfit from AS Roma during the summer of 2017, and he thereafter made 45 appearances across all competitions under ex-boss Antonio Conte.
Despite this, there were situations where the German was benched for the Premier League duties, but this has however not been the case this season with Sarri preferring to start him alongside David Luiz in each of the first nine league matches.
According to The Mail, the Blues hierarchy have been hugely impressed with the beginning to the season from Rudiger and they are now prepared to open a dialogue over a new contract with the German’s representatives.
The versatile defender presently has more than three years remaining on his existing deal with the Blues but the club appear intent on rewarding him with a new deal which would offer him a decent increase on his current £100,000-a-week wages.
Since the current season started, the Blues appear to have placed a keen emphasis on committing key players to long-term contracts and they have already done so with Marcos Alonso, who penned a fresh deal earlier in the week.
Aside from Rudiger, the Blues are supposedly making progress towards committing David Luiz to a new contract after forming a sublime bond alongside the German at the heart of the club’s backline.
Luiz’s current deal concludes at the end of the season and the Blues are keen on prolonging his stay, given another experienced defender in Gary Cahill could part ways with the club when the season concludes.
Cahill has yet to make a Premier League start under Maurizio Sarri this campaign and there have been indications that the club-captain may not settle for a similar role in the long-run. Like Luiz, his contract expires at the end of the ongoing campaign.
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