Tuchel explains Rudiger contract stand-off after Chelsea thrash Leicester

Thomas Tuchel has opened up about Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger's concerning contract situation.

The German defender – who netted Chelsea's opening goal in a 3-0 win over Leicester City on Saturday – has just over six months left on his current deal with the club.

If an extension isn't agreed, the 28-year-old will be allowed to talk to other clubs in January amid rumours of interest from Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

Speaking to reporters after his side's victory at the King Power Stadium, Tuchel revealed that everyone at Chelsea wants Rudiger to stay, particularly in light of his recent impressive form.

"Everyone wants him to stay and that’s pretty clear. But, as I said sometimes there is a delay in everything," Tuchel said.

"He has been outstanding. I hope it stays like this and defensive performances. They deserve praise, for doing the invisible work."

It's understood that Rudiger is looking to stay in west London, but wants an improved contract to better reflect his importance to the team.

Chelsea have been in the market for another centre-back for some time, and a failed move for Sevilla's Jules Kounde over the summer left Rudiger feeling unappreciated.

Both Rudiger and Andreas Christensen are entering the final six months of their contracts at Stamford Bridge, and the defenders will be highly prized commodities across Europe if the Blues fail to tie them down to new deals.

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Chelsea moved six points clear at the top of the Premier League with victory over Leicester, though their rivals have a game in hand.

Goals from Rudiger, Christian Pulisic and a brilliant solo effort by N'Golo Kante put the game beyond Brendan Rodgers' side, who struggled to get any sort of foothold in the game.

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