Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger contract talks 'on hold' after defender 'disappointed' by latest offer amid transfer interest

ANTONIO RUDIGER'S Chelsea contract talks are 'on hold' after the German was left 'disappointed' by the Blues' last offer, reports claim.

The defender's current deal is set to expire at the end of this season.

Rudiger's time at Stamford Bridge appeared to be coming to an end 12 months ago, as he struggled under Frank Lampard.

But the 28-year-old has been a man rejuvenated under Thomas Tuchel, helping his team win the Champions League last season.

According to Sky Germany, Rudiger's Chelsea future is 'completely open'.

They claim that no decision will be made until January at the earliest, after the centre-back was left disappointed by the club's previous offer.

Talks have been placed 'on hold' – with the Blues 'under pressure' to up their offer.

Bayern Munich and Juventus are rumoured to be interested in signing Rudiger on a free transfer.

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But his signature won't come cheap.

The Mirror claim that Rudiger is looking to earn an eyewatering £400,000-a-week.

This is £50k more than top earner Romelu Lukaku receives at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking recently, Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann said: "In principle I am no fan of talking about players who are under contract with other clubs while we are outside the transfer window.

"But I'm talking about Rudiger as a football fan. He has made fantastic progress.

"Thomas Tuchel has handled him extremely well since taking charge. He was previously on the scrapheap at Chelsea.

"But now he is one of the most important members of their defence. He has incredibly good fighting spirit, and is a very good defender.

"I always think it's great when a player lives up to his job description – and that is always the case with Toni."

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