Chelsea will refuse to allow Antonio Rudiger to leave Stamford Bridge before the window closes unless he agrees to sign a contract extension, according to reports.
The 27-year-old, a mainstay in Frank Lampard’s team last season, has fallen down the pecking order following the summer arrival of Thiago Silva on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.
Rudiger has been told he is surplus to requirements and ideally Chelsea would like to cash in on the Germany international, though they have so far only had loan requests.
However, The Mirror report that Chelsea are prepared to forfeit a loan fee – as well as continuing to pay Rudiger’s wages for the season – if he does not commit to a new contract before being loaned out.
The former Roma centre-back currently has 18 months left on his current deal and Chelsea want him to agree to a 12-month extension before allowing him to leave.
West Ham appears to be Rudiger’s most likely destination, with the Hammers eager to sign a new centre-back, while Spurs are still pursuing Inter’s Milan Skriniar and only consider Rudiger a backup option.
Rudiger is believed to be shocked by his sudden exile from the Chelsea squad and he was not even named on the bench for Tuesday’s Carabao Cup clash against Spurs.
Lampard did potentially open the door for Rudiger to be reintegrated into the team if a move falls through, and when asked if the centre-back’s future now lay elsewhere he replied: ‘No, it’s not at that point.’