Antonio Rudiger and Chelsea are reportedly far off from agreeing on mutual terms to extend the defender’s contract, which expires at the end of this season.
Asked to share his thoughts and an update on the situation, Thomas Tuchel told Chelseafc.com: “We absolutely accept and are fully aware of the importance of Toni and the role that he’s playing on and off the pitch. There is no doubt about that.
“It’s true that nobody is bigger than the club and this is a team effort and a strong club. It’s not only about Toni and I mean that in the best way because we know what he’s doing and we’re fully aware of it.”
“In the end, we need a bit of patience. I have no update right now.”
Rudiger has made 21 appearances for Chelsea this season and since Tuchel’s arrival, he has been arguably the club’s best defender. Hopefully, his contract situation gets sorted out soon.