Dropping Antonio Rudiger from the Chelsea side could make things “toxic”, according to Daily Star reporter Paul Brown.
The £31.5million-rated centre-back has been the club’s standout defender in recent seasons, but will leave Stamford Bridge once his contract expires at the end of the campaign.
What’s the latest news about Rudiger?
Despite playing a huge role in the Champions League success and being arguably the most improved player under Thomas Tuchel, Rudiger only has a few games left as a Chelsea player.
After months of uncertainty surrounding his future, Tuchel revealed after the West Ham game last week that the Germany international will be leaving at the end of the season.
tuch said: “The situation is that he wants to leave the club. He told me about it in a private conversation.
“We gave it our all – me and the club – but we couldn’t fight anymore because of the actions. Without the sanctions, we would at least be able to keep fighting, but our hands are tied. We don’t take it personally. It’s his decision. »
And Real Madrid appear to have beaten competition from Manchester United, PSG and Bayern Munich for his signature, with Rudiger set to sign a four-year contract with the La Liga champions this summer.
Since the announcement was made, Rudiger has started both games and Brown has urged Tuchel to keep pushing him forward.
What did Brown say about Rudiger?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “With Rudiger, he’s too good a player and too important in the dressing room to be left out.
“It would probably be a bigger mistake to leave him out than to play him, and it could get a bit toxic if they did, so I think it’s better for him to stay in the team and I think that ‘he will continue to give his all despite everything, because he is just that type of player.
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Should Tuchel let go of Rudiger?
Although Rudiger has no future at the club, now is simply not the time for Tuchel to drop him from the squad.
Not only is he the club’s best defender, but Chelsea are far from assured of their Champions League place next season and must continue to play their best XI at all times, regardless of off-field decisions.
Moreover, Chelsea still have an FA Cup final on the horizon, and Rudiger starting in this game could help the Blues lift a fourth piece of silverware under the German’s reign.
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