Antonio Rudiger has mentioned his ‘primary precedence’ is to remain at Chelsea after revealing that Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham tried to signal him final summer time.
The Germany defender fell out of favour below Frank Lampard and was near a mortgage exit earlier this season, solely to battle his manner again right into a pivotal Stamford Bridge position.
The 28-year-old has thrived below new Blues boss Thomas Tuchel and revealed his want to increase his contract, together with his present deal working till 2022.
“Even firstly of the season when issues didn’t go my manner, I used to be at all times calm, like I’m now,” mentioned Rudiger.
“On the finish of the day I can not give myself a contract. In order that’s why I’ve to attend to see what occurs.
“No matter occurs I like being at Chelsea, so Chelsea will at all times be my precedence primary.
“Everybody, me and the membership understand how a lot I like this membership, so it’s all the way down to the individuals who make most of these choices.
“In the meanwhile for me it’s to focus on vital matches and targets. The remainder, I feel I’m positive we’ll resolve it.”
The place Rudiger had struggled below Lampard, the skilled Germany star has hit high kind below new boss Tuchel.
Andreas Christensen has additionally come again into kind too, with ex-PSG boss Tuchel whipping the Blues’ defence into fantastic form.
Christensen’s contract additionally expires in 2022, whereas veteran Brazil defender Thiago Silva has been tipped to increase his Chelsea keep past this summer time.
Chelsea will host Atletico Madrid on Wednesday evening in a bid to succeed in the Champions League quarter-finals, with Rudiger poised for a central position.
Confirming robust prior curiosity from PSG and Tottenham, Rudiger defined his shock at slipping down the Stamford Bridge pecking order at first of the season.
“Some issues I noticed coming, clearly, however then I used to be not within the squad, and this I didn’t see coming; however on the finish of the day I took it on the chin,” mentioned Rudiger.
“I used to be shut (to leaving). There have been actually two groups; possibly one group I used to be contemplating, that was PSG, to be trustworthy.
“And there was additionally with (Tottenham boss Jose) Mourinho. However that is one thing on the finish of the day that didn’t occur.
“I used to be a bit upset, as a result of I knew my state of affairs. However then I had the discuss with the ex-coach, with Lampard, and rapidly I used to be again within the group, on the bench.
“Then I additionally had a few video games and I simply labored my manner again.
“The final video games of his reign I used to be on the pitch.
“And clearly now issues are going properly for me, I’m very glad about it.
“However to be trustworthy I at all times felt properly within the membership. They handled me good. Nobody on the membership, neither on the board nor Frank Lampard, advised me I ought to depart.
“The switch didn’t occur, the loans didn’t occur. But in addition nobody within the membership advised me I ought to depart.”