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Antonio Rudiger: I have enjoyed this Chelsea chapter

Kriralok Desk: Rudiger helped Chelsea book their place in the Carabao Cup final with a 3-0 semi-final aggregate win over Tottenham on Wednesday night.

Thomas Tuchel’s men did half the job in last week’s first leg at Stamford Bridge when they won 2-0 and Rudiger’s first-half goal in north London settled matters, setting up a Wembley date against either Liverpool or Arsenal next month.

The Germany international is out of contract at the end of the season and there has been much speculation about his future. Barcelona are monitoring the defender’s situation, while Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern Munich and Juventus have opened talks with his representatives.

The 28-year-old maintains he is happy at Chelsea, although there does not seem to be an imminent resolution forthcoming between the two parties. Rudiger is in no rush to sign a pre-contract agreement with a new club, and the German international is aware there could be interest from Premier League sides if he becomes a free agent in the summer.

After his man of the match display against Spurs, Rudiger said, “I am enjoying it. I think you have to see it about chapters, and I have enjoyed this chapter, I have enjoyed it so far. It is the best time of my career.”

Thomas Tuchel has previously admitted he was hopeful Rudiger was aware of his admiration of his work, having turned him from a fringe player into a mainstay of his Chelsea defence since he was appointed head coach a year ago.

When asked after the victory if it would be hard to replace a player like Rudiger, Tuchel responded: “There is a lot of ifs in your question so let’s see what becomes the reality. We have confidence [to keep him] and have things to offer. He is the player he is in a Chelsea shirt and in the Chelsea environment. I think he knows that very well.”