“I don’t know if taking him for coffee will help… maybe it would push him out!” Thomas Tuchel quipped when asked whether he was working to convince Antonio Rudiger to sign a new deal.
“He needs to feel it by minutes and by actions. I don’t feel he needs a lot of words and pampering and coffee talks and invitations to dinner, and whatever.
“He is a top professional. This is what he proves and he is very important.
“It is a no problem situation for me,” the boss added.
“Also for Toni, he can still deliver. He played a fantastic match in a back-four and so he’s super reliable.”
Rudiger has still not made a definitive decision on his future, with Chelsea not giving up on contract talks and multiple clubs trying to sign him as a free agent.
According to the latest update, Chelsea have had positive talks with the 28-year-old – but the player wants to become the highest-paid centre-back in the league which may not be something Chelsea are prepared to consider.