Thomas Tuchel confirms that Antonio Rudiger will leave Chelsea this summer

Antonio Rudiger played a key role in Chelsea's Champions League success last season

Antonio Rudiger played a key role in Chelsea’s Champions League success last season (Getty)

Thomas Tuchel has announced that Antonio Rudiger will leave Chelsea at the end of the season.

The German national team player’s current contract with Chelsea expires this summer, and the defender has not managed to reach an agreement with the club.

The 29-year-old’s representative has already had talks with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United ahead of a summer switch.

And Tuchel revealed after Chelsea’s 1-0 win over West Ham on Sunday that Rudiger has decided to stop his time at Stamford Bridge.

‘Toni … the media is on it. The situation appears to be that he is leaving the club, Tuchel said.

‘He informed a few days ago in a personal talk.

Thomas Tuchel says Chelsea will miss Antonio Rudiger 'a lot' in the locker room

Thomas Tuchel says Chelsea will miss Antonio Rudiger ‘a lot’ in the locker room (AMA / Getty)

‘We gave everything, me and the club, but we could not fight anymore because of the sanctions.

‘[Without the sanctions] we would at least have had the chance to keep fighting, so for many weeks our hands are tied. I do not know what the result would have been. We do not take it personally.

– Character-wise and personally, he is a key figure, and he will remain so until the end of the season. But it is, of course, very disappointing.

Asked how much he will miss him, Tuchel replied: ‘A lot.

‘He has a lot of influence in the locker room. He is the one who gives other people courage.

‘He’s the guy everyone’s a little scared of, he’s the kind of player, but let’s also focus on the sport, the kind of playing 50-55 games, 90 minutes, at an excellent level.

– He has been the top defender for the last year and a half for me. I have nothing but respect for what he did.

‘He has to move on to the last, then we have to find another solution.’

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