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Report: Tottenham remain keen on Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger

With Chelsea still yet to get a new contract for Antonio Rudiger over the line, Tottenham have now re-entered the race to land the German, according to Italian outlet, Calciomercato.

The Italian media claim that Tottenham, along with Juventus, Monaco, and and Bayern Munich, are all keeping tabs on the in-form defender.

Rudiger, who earns around £140k-a-week at Chelsea, is said to be pushing for a pay rise at the Bridge. His fine early season form has put him in a strong position for a new deal. Indeed, Thomas Tuchel is desperate to keep hold of his man.

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However, Rudiger is yet to sign, and a number of teams in Europe have been alerted to his potential availability. Tottenham are among those teams.

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Former manager, Jose Mourinho, was already keen on bringing Rudiger to north London when he was in charge. But a deal never happened, and Rudiger has since reaffirmed his place in the Blues’ XI.

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And that’s no disrespect to Spurs, but it would certainly be strange to see Rudiger move from Chelsea to Tottenham.

You could understand if he fancied a new challenge with a Juventus or Bayern. Those are huge clubs, and are always going to be in the title mix.

Of course, you have to admire Tottenham and Paratici putting themselves in the mix for Rudiger. But his big wages, and probable ask of Champions League football, means they might be down the pecking order.

Chelsea will want Rudiger tying down ASAP. Otherwise, this threatens to drag on well into January and beyond.

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