Exposed: Antonio Rudiger’s agent finally reveals real reason why Chelsea board rejected Rudiger contract extension

Exposed: Antonio Rudiger's agent finally reveals real reason why Chelsea board rejected  Rudiger contract extension

Chelsea rejected the chance to extend Antonio Rudiger’s contract until 2023 back in 2020 due to a ‘small signing-on bonus’, according to reports.

The 29-year-old will leave the Blues this summer upon the expiry of his deal in June, set to join Real Madrid.

As per Nizaar Kinsella, Chelsea previously reached a verbal agreement on terms but the small signing-on bonus saw an extension break down

The report states that Chelsea was willing to offer him a one-year extension under Frank Lampard in 2020, despite a lack of game time.

The deal would have seen the German remain on £100,000-a-week until 2023 as Chelsea was willing to let him leave on loan in January 2021

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AC Milan held interest but opted to sign Fikayo Tomori instead on loan with an option to buy

A successful deal for the Serie A side after lifting the league title with Tomori this season

Rudiger was open to the idea of the contract extension at Chelsea and had agreed to the terms verbally

However, his brother and agenda demanded a ‘small sign-on bonus, which was ‘dismissed out of hand’ by Marina Granovaskaia

Since the rejection, it has been difficult for Chelsea to reach terms on a new contract

Rudiger’s form vastly improved under Thomas Tuchel and interest from elsewhere put pressure on the club.

Chelsea was then sanctioned under Roman Abramovich and couldn’t engage in the transfer or contract negotiations, leaving them behind their rivals and ultimately seeing Rudiger depart.

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