Thomas Tuchel is “relaxed” about Antonio Rudiger’s future, amid rumors that the defender may leave Chelsea as a free agent at the end of the season.
Rudiger’s contract expires next June and the center-back has been linked to the likes of Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.
The German international thrived under compatriot Tuchel, with impressive performances including an impressive display in the Champions League final win over Manchester City in May.
Blues head coach Tuchel hopes Rudiger will stay at Stamford Bridge but knows there are no guarantees he will stay with the European champions.
He said in a press conference ahead of Sunday’s London derby at Tottenham: “I hope they find solutions but it’s not just between coaches and players. It is between the club, the players and the agent. We hope they find a solution.
“He plays excellently, he has been very consistent for a long time at a very high level. He’s very calm, very focused and obviously not a distraction [his future] for him. Everything is fine, give it your time, sometimes it takes a little longer and sometimes fast.
No news from me, I think Antonio feels very, very good at Chelsea. He feels the respect he has of his teammates and the importance in the team, in the squad.
“This is well deserved, because it delivers. He feels the love of the fans, he plays in the strongest league in Europe, so there aren’t many reasons to change him.
“In the end it is between him and the club and this is in good hands. I’m calm and relaxed and whatever happens will happen. “
Tuchel has revealed that N’Golo Kante is available to return to Spurs, but Christian Pulisic remains out with an ankle injury.
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Chelsea are second in the top flight and beat Zenit 1-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday, but Tuchel says there is more to be done.
Asked if he thinks his team has not been at their best, the German said: “Yes, but I didn’t expect we would be at top levels in early September, especially after this pre-season and COVID.
“For me at this moment it is more important to be competitive, to play non-stop and to have the conviction of overcoming difficult minutes and periods in matches.
Aston Villa played at the highest level, this is what we must accept and respect. Competition is high. It’s good that we managed to win. “
Chelsea have won their last two Premier League away games against Tottenham, as many as in their previous 13 away games.