Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel has admitted that it was a giant blow for the remainder of the squad to lose Antonio Rudiger this summer time, however insists that there shall be “life after Toni” at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues couldn’t agree on a brand new contract with Rudiger, who will now depart the membership as a free agent at the tip of the season when his present contract expires.
Tuchel confirmed after going through West Ham on Sunday that the German midfielder had knowledgeable the membership of his plan to depart. Real Madrid is his anticipated subsequent vacation spot, with the Spanish giants satisfied they’ll signal a deal.
“I do not think anyone likes it because Toni has been a big factor during our one and a half season together,” Tuchel developed when he met the press earlier than Chelsea’s Thursday match with Manchester United.
“He gives everyone confidence in the locker room, he’s a unique character, he’s an aggressive leader, he’s available over 100% of the matches, like 90% of the matches he’s simply available, and he plays at an outstanding level and gives you self-confidence if you play next to him or around him.
“He takes focus away from others. He takes duty. He loves duty.
“I do not think anyone likes this decision, but at the moment we have to accept it and we will accept it. Like it or not, there will be life in Chelsea after Toni.
“For him and for us, the most important thing is that it ends as it began and as it was for a year and a half, at the highest possible level. This is where the focus must be. ”
When Andreas Christensen also leaves for Barcelona, the midfielder is expected to be a priority area for Chelsea in the transfer market.
90min understands that the focus remains on Sevilla’s Jules Konde, who was a top goal even before Christensen and Rudiger’s decision.
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