Chelsea hero Antonio Rudiger ‘raging’ after offer branded "slap in the face"

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is reportedly fuming after the Blues low-balled him in recent contract talks.

Speculation has been rife for months that the German, who has been an ever-present figure under Thomas Tuchel, could leave west London when his deal expires in the summer.

Rudiger has held talks with the Chelsea hierarchy over the last few weeks.

But German publication Bild report the Blues have fallen short with his wage demands by £60,000-a-week.

The report states Rudiger has been left angered by the offer, supposedly labelling it a 'slap in the face' by his employers.

The international defender has been linked with a return to his native Germany, with Bayern Munich favourites to secure a free transfer.

But Rudiger insists his mind is only on Chelsea at present.

“No [I am not thinking about the future]. I am concentrating on what is imminent," he said earlier this month.

“I owe that to the club, the coach and the team. I’ve always said that Chelsea is my number one contact.

“I’m only focused on Chelsea at the moment. We’ll see what happens.”

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Chelsea fans want Rudiger to stay at Stamford Bridge beyond the season following his incredible performances of late.

And Thomas Tuchel appears in no rush to boot him out the door either.

Speaking earlier this season, he said: "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."

Rudiger can sign a pre-contract agreement with any other side that makes him an offer once January rolls around.

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