The Blues boss offers an update on the future of one of his most pivotal players amid rumors of his potential exit from Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchels is hoping Chelsea “find a solution” for Antonio Rudiger’s future while maintaining the player doesn’t have “many reasons” to leave the club.
Rudiger is yet to commit his future to Chelsea despite having entered the final 12 months of his current contract.
Real Madrid and Paris-Saint Germain, understood to be keen admirers of the commanding German defender, are closely monitoring his situation with the intention of possibly signing him for free, sources say.
It has been reported the 28-year-old center-back, who was more or less frozen out of the team by Frank Lampard at the start of last season, expects better personal terms than what the Blues have offered him.
Tuchel, however, who brought Rudiger back into the Chelsea starting XI, is “calm and relaxed” about the whole situation.
“I hope that they find a solution but it’s not only between coaches and players,” Tuchel told reporters, as Sky Sports reports. “It’s between the club and the player’s agent.
“He plays excellent for a long time – very consistent [and] at a very high level. I feel him very calm, very focused and it’s obviously not a distraction for him.
“So give things time – sometimes it needs a bit longer, sometimes things get very fast. There’s no news from my side.”
“I think Toni feels very, very good at Chelsea. He feels respect from his team-mates, he feels the importance he has in the team. It’s well deserved because he delivers.
“He feels the love from the supporters. He plays in the strongest league in Europe and in a big club, so not many reasons to change. But it’s in good hands. I’m calm and relaxed – whatever has to happen will happen.”