Antonio Rudiger is determined to join Tottenham before Monday’s transfer deadline – but Chelsea are reluctant to sell him to their London rivals.
The Germany defender has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge this season, failing to make it into Frank Lampard ’s last five matchday squads.
Spurs are reportedly interested in signing him on loan before the transfer window closes, with Jose Mourinho keen to add another centre-back to his ranks.
Yet according to The Athletic, Chelsea are reluctant to let Rudiger join Spurs having seen their relationship with the north London outfit sour in recent years.
Chelsea outcast Antonio Rudiger is determined to join Tottenham before Monday’s transfer deadline
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It is believed the Blues are still furious at losing out to Spurs in the 2017 race to sign Fernando Llorente, who then boss Antonio Conte was desperate to get his hands on at the time.
Llorente instead chose to join their capital foes, which clearly proved a bitter pill to swallow for them.
But the Blues are reluctant to let him join Jose Mourinho’s side on loan
AC Milan, Inter Milan, Roma and Barcelona are also considering launching an offer for Rudiger before the transfer deadline.
If the 27-year-old does leave Stamford Bridge, Chelsea want him to first protect his market value by putting pen to paper on a contract extension – with just two years remaining on his current deal.
Rudiger has fallen out of favour under Frank Lampard this season
Rudiger has fallen behind the likes of Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori and Andreas Christensen in the Chelsea pecking order this season.
And the arrival of Brazilian ace Thiago Silva has only pushed him further out of the picture in west London.
When asked if Rudiger or Jorginho could leave Chelsea, Lampard recently said: “I don’t expect anything in…