Gary Neville’s transfer warning should tell Chelsea fans what to expect from Antonio Rudiger



Positivity has returned to Stamford Bridge after Chelsea put an end to a tough run of results with a win against Southampton on Saturday afternoon, putting them top of the Premier League heading into the international break.

However, the future of fan-favourite Antonio Rudiger continues to hang in the balance. The centre-back’s current contract is set to expire at the end of the season and negotiations over a new deal continue to rumble on.

But links with European giants Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are persisting, the latest reports of which from The Athletic detail that both clubs are willing to meet the player’s contract demands. It remains to be seen whether Chelsea are.

Madrid, in particular, have a track record of getting any player they intend to get and Gary Neville has previously warned Chelsea about the attraction of Los Blancos when rumours linking Eden Hazard with a move to the Bernabeu Stadium were at their peak.

“They have an outstanding world-class player who lit up the game,” Neville said on Monday Night Football after a two-goal masterclass from the Belgian against West Ham during the 2018/19 campaign.

“When you see a goal like that, you feel sad in some ways. There has been so much talk in this last week of Real Madrid and once Real Madrid start getting linked with a player so strongly, and you’re hearing language like ‘Eden Hazard wants to go’, you really do think this could be his last five Premier League games.

“It’s a real problem for the Premier League because we keep losing our best players to Real Madrid and Barcelona.”

Jamie Carragher added: “I don’t think you can ever stop that. Most players see that as the pinnacle.”

Hazard, of course, moved to the Spanish capital in the summer of 2019 for around £85million, but has struggled to find his feet in the time since, scoring just five goals in 51 appearances.

Chelsea signed Rudiger for £29m from Roma in 2017 but it was not until the arrival of Thomas Tuchel four years later that he really started to fulfil his potential in west London.

Only Cesar Azpilicueta has made more appearances for the club since Tuchel was appointed in January with Rudiger becoming an essential part of the German’s preferred back-three.





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