Thomas Tuchel CONFIRMS Antonio Rudiger will depart Chelsea on free transfer after Blues ‘did everything’ to keep him

THOMAS TUCHEL admits he’s dropping a ‘big leader’ with Antonio Rudiger’s departure from Chelsea.

Boss Tuchel confirmed his defender will be leaving at the end of the season on a free — with Actual Madrid favourites to land the German.

Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger will depart Stamford Bridge in the summertime on a free transferGetty

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has claimed that the membership did every part to maintain Rudiger at Stamford BridgeGetty

Tuchel insists he and the Blues tried every part to influence Rudiger to remain however failed.

He mentioned: “Toni’s a giant character, a giant chief and he takes worry away from different individuals, he offers you confidence when he’s subsequent to you.

“Will probably be difficult however like at all times, regardless of how a lot I really like Toni and the way huge a job he performed, there can be Chelsea with out Toni Rudiger and we’ll discover options.

“We fought hard, I fought hard on a personal level but we have this kind of connection since day one and he deserves my full support because he delivered incredible performances until today. So reliable.”

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Chelsea supplied Rudiger a contract worth more than £200,000-a-week however he’s opting to go away after 5 years during which he has turn out to be the bedrock of the defence.

Authorities sanctions imposed on the membership made it tough to seek out extra cash to maintain him.

Rudiger is presently sidelined with groin and leg accidents however Tuchel has no hesitation taking part in him for the remainder of the season – regardless of him leaving.

Tuchel mentioned: “We had big offers for him and the club tried everything but since some weeks we cannot fight anymore because we have the sanctions, we cannot adjust, we cannot continue so it is what it is.”

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Tuchel says Rudiger leaving underlines the necessity to get a takeover for Chelsea accomplished as quickly as doable to get funds flowing once more.

He mentioned: “It will be superb however even when we want if for it, you can not pull grass in order that it grows quicker.

“We want for it, we have now to cope with the fact and for the time being the sanctions are nonetheless in place, the state of affairs shouldn’t be clear for subsequent season.

“We will try like we did for the last weeks to focus on what we can influence and this will be the next match.”

THOMAS TUCHEL admits he’s dropping a ‘big leader’ with Antonio Rudiger’s departure from Chelsea. Boss Tuchel confirmed his defender can be leaving on the finish of the season on a free — with Actual Madrid favourites to land the German. Tuchel insists he and the Blues tried every part to influence Rudiger to remain howeverPremier League – newest information, switch rumours, outcomes and fixtures |The Solar