Abramovich ‘angry’ at Rudiger for prioritizing money over ‘winning’

Chidalu Obiajulu

Roman Abramovich, Russian billionaire and owner of Chelsea football club, is said to be one of the best club owners in football, having put up a 100 percent activeness in the running of the club.

The Chelsea owner is said to be upset with German defender Antonio Rudiger. The Chelsea centre-back is in the final year of his contract with the Blues and the club seems high to renew his contract.

On the contract issue, the German is reportedly demanding €10 million per year in his new contract, something Chelsea are not ready to agree to. It has created a standby that has grabbed the attention of other clubs.

Since the appointment of Thomas Tuchel as head coach, Rudiger has become one of the best defenders in Europe. His rising stock has come with complications in the form of a contract extension.

According to the German, he believes he is worth more and hence unwilling to agree to a lower-wage contract.

Top European clubs are in the knowledge of the fact that Rudiger’s expiring contract next summer will allow them to sign him for free next year.

It was reported that Non-English clubs can also sign a pre-contract with the Chelsea defender in January itself. Real Madrid are believed to be leading that race.

Some reports have it that Rudiger’s desire to prioritize money over the success at Chelsea has upset Blues owner, Roman Abramovich. He is unhappy with the defender’s outlook on the situation.

From the inner room of Chelsea football club it was rumoured that the club is already planning on the German defender Antonio Rudiger’s replacement.

When it comes to money and transfer, shortage of funds for transfers has not been a problem at Chelsea post the arrival of Roman Abramovich.

The Russian oligarch has lavishly spent his fortune at the club, and it has reflected on their success under him in the last 17 years.

Chelsea’s orthodox attitude over refusing to raise Rudiger’s salary beyond a point comes from their desire to maintain their wage-structure at the club.

It’s now clear that Chelsea are likely to go and find a replacement defender and pay them less rather than just meet Rudiger’s demands.

In serach of a player to replace the defender, Chelsea have targeted most young defenders, and prioritising them during the winter transfer window.

There’s a big list of names they’ve already made which includes Paris Saint-Germain captain Marquinhos, Juventus star, Matthijs de Ligt and Sevilla defender, Jules Kounde among several others.

During the last summer transfer window, Chelsea have targeted Sevilla’s defender Jules Kounde, but also refused to meet Sevilla’s lofty demand.

They are likely to go in with more rigor this time as the need to replace Rudiger has heightened.

Chelsea will also not rule out the possibility of bringing in more academy players or re-signing the likes of Fikayo Tomori, who they sold to AC Milan last summer.

No matter the circumstances surrounding the defending area at Chelsea, it looks certain that Chelsea football club are not willing to cave in to Antonio Rudiger’s wage demand.