“No, not so much,” Thomas Tuchel told a press conference when asked how much he was concerned about the contract situations of the four Chelsea center-backs.
“All of these players know very well how much we appreciate them, and the big role they play in our plans and in the presence of this team and this club.
“They are very aware of it and will not throw it away like this. Of course, it’s their right now to do things, but it’s also their right to stay with us and be a part of the future of Chelsea Football Club.
“We are on it with patience and with confidence, and we are on it with a trust in the relationship between the players and staff, and players and the club, and this is how it should be.”
Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Thiago Silva might all see their contracts expire in June. In theory, they are all able to sign pre-contract agreements with overseas clubs starting from next month.
As it stands, Thiago Silva is the likeliest to stay, Rudiger is the likeliest to leave, and Azpilicueta and Christensen are somewhere in the middle, with conflicting reports appearing every week.