"He has been very important for Chelsea for a long time"- William Gallas believes Blues will do 'everything to keep' 28- year-old at Stamford Bridge


Former Chelsea and Arsenal defender William Gallas believes the Blues will do everything in their power to convince Antonio Rudiger to extend his contract with the club. The German's contract with the Londoners is set to expire at the end of the season and he has thus far rejected the chance to extend his deal with the club.

Antonio Rudiger has developed into one of the best defenders in the Premier League since Thomas Tuchel was appointed as the Blues' manager in January 2021. He played a key role in the club's Champions League triumph last season and has continued his good form during the 2021-22 campaign. Rudiger has made 33 appearances and scored three goals in all competitions for the Blues.

The defender has, however, been unable to reach an agreement with the Londoners over a contract extension. The Premier League giants are believed to be unwilling to meet Rudiger's wage demands. Gallas believes the club are unlikely to let go of Rudiger as he has been 'very important' to the club. Gallas told The Sun :

"If you bring in another defender he has to be as talented and he has to understand the system, because it's not easy to play three at the back. Antonio has shown everybody how good he is. He has been very important for Chelsea for a long time."

"Chelsea will try everything to keep him. He gets forward very well, he scores goals. The most important thing is to defend very well, but at the same time support your midfielders and strikers. He does a great job at that. It's good to have a good midfielder and strikers but you need to have great, great defenders."

Antonio Rudiger had fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea under the management of Frank Lampard. The German has, however, managed to resurrect his career under Thomas Tuchel. His performances have caught the attention of a number of Europe's top clubs.

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