This is a bold claim, especially given the recent drama surrounding Rudiger at the club. But, if he can help Chelsea win the Premier League this season after winning the Champions League last season, he has a chance to go down in history. However, he must extend his contract with the club in order to do so; otherwise, he could sign a pre-contract with another club in January.
If other clubs are willing to pay over £200,000 per week to sign Rudiger on a free transfer Chelsea must do the same. Because he has established himself as an absolutely key member of this team and one of the most important players on the field.
It's been a remarkable transformation for the German, who has improved in every aspect of his game over the last two seasons and is now undoubtedly one of Europe's best defenders.
Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are among the big clubs interested in him. If clubs of this high calibre are interested in signing him next summer, Chelsea must pay whatever it takes to keep him for another five years and watch him (eventually) become a club icon.
When Frank Lampard was in charge, there were rumors that Rudiger was behind a number of dramas, and the two didn't get along. But, if this is true, you have to argue that his dedication and craziness are a huge part of what makes him great. On the pitch, he's a freak of nature, and these are the mentalities that Thomas Tuchel recognizes.
Rudiger may be the man who gets into more fights, but that's just the way he is; he's an enthusiastic and emotional man, and it shows on the field. Chelsea need to lock down Rudiger because he could be the most important signing they make in the upcoming transfer season.
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