Antonio Rudiger makes decision on his Chelsea future after contract talks

Antonio Rudiger is set to end the uncertainty over his Chelsea future by signing a new deal with the club.

Rudiger, who is about to enter the final year of his current contract, almost quit last summer after being sidelined.

But the Germany defender has since become a key man under Thomas Tuchel and sources close to the player have now signalled he wants to stay.

Rudiger wants to wait until the end of the season to hold talks, but both sides expect them to be formality.

Frozen out under Frank Lampard, the 28-year-old underlined how important he is to Tuchel in Tuesday night’s win over Leicester.

Rudiger scored the opener in a 2-1 win and his role in sticking up for team-mate Mason Mount during a mass confrontation did not go unnoticed either.

Both clubs are sweating on an FA charge after Rudiger took exception to a foul on Mount by shoving Ricardo Pereira, sparking a bench-clearing melee.

But it was the kind of leadership that has impressed Tuchel, who insisted this week he could not be doing more to earn a new deal.

Rudiger says Chelsea lost their heads with Leicester because they wanted to punish the Foxes for disrespecting them.

The Blues lost the FA Cup final to Leicester and were furious when footage emerged of defender Daniel Amartey throwing their pennant on the floor.

Rudiger said: “We wanted to show to them because top four was on the line and unfortunately some people from them don’t know how to celebrate.

“We had to punish them for this. After we lost the final we talked with each other, that it’s a massive game coming up and we are on it.

“Some people from them gave us a bit more motivation. Celebrate and everything. But don’t disrespect club history. This is a bit bigger than you.”

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