Real, PSG, Bayern and Juve open Rudiger talks | Rangnick an admirer

Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus have all opened talks with Antonio Rudiger’s representatives over a pre-contract agreement this month.

Ralf Rangnick, the Manchester United interim manager who will take up a consultancy at Old Trafford in the summer, is also an admirer of Rudiger and knows the Chelsea defender’s brother – who is also his agent – well.

Rudiger’s Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season and he is now free to discuss a deal with foreign clubs ahead of a free transfer in the summer.

Chelsea remain keen to extend Rudiger’s contract and remaining at Stamford Bridge has not been ruled out by the Germany international’s camp.

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However, the Blues’ most recent offer – made at the start of the season – was dismissed by Rudiger and his representatives as it promised to pay him only half of what the club’s top earners make.

Despite the uncertainty over his future, Rudiger is understood to remain committed to Chelsea for the remainder of his contract and focused on helping Thomas Tuchel’s side achieve their objectives.

Tuchel continues to count on Rudiger, with the head coach starting his compatriot in 20 Premier League games this season – the most of any Chelsea outfield player.

Rudiger joined Chelsea from Roma in July 2017 and has gone on to win the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League with the club.

Chelsea could be facing further departures in defence this summer, with Cesar Azpilicueta, the captain, and Andreas Christensen also seeing their contract expire this summer.

However, Thiago Silva will remain at Stamford Bridge next season after signing a one-year contract extension on Monday.

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