‘Tuchel worried that £150,000-a-week star will leave Chelsea on free transfer this summer

According to reports, Thomas Tuchel is worried that Tottenham target Antonio Rudiger will leave Chelsea on a free at the end of the season.

It is no secret that Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has seen that defence become the weak link in his squad this season, and that has cost his side the chance to keep competing for that Premier League title.

It is widely speculated in the media that Mourinho will be handed some funds in the coming transfer window to add a premium centre-back to the squad, but he has reportedly set his sights on a possible deal for Rudiger.

The German was on the radar of Spurs boss Jose Mourinho last summer, and he was fancied to make a loan move to the north London outfit, but a deal failed to materialise as the Blues demanded a £4 million loan fee on top of his £150,000-a-week wages being paid for the entire season.

But the German has endured a stop-start season so far this year, with the impact of Thomas Tuchel giving him alot more game time than he was getting under the guidance of Frank Lampard, but the rumours still persist.

However, Chelsea will try to sign Antonio Rudiger to a contract extension before the summer to avoid the risk of him leaving on a free transfer in 2022, with the Daily Mail reporting manager Thomas Tuchel is a driving force in getting a deal done soon.

Tuchel has needed the German centre-back to perform at a high level with Thiago Silva injured, and the 28-year-old has rewarded his boss with steady play at the back over the past month.