Chelsea finally set to tie down key defender to new deal

Antonio Rudiger’s contract ends at the end of this season, and as far as we can see, he’s moving towards the exit at Chelsea.

Talks about a new deal appear to have reached a stalemate, and from January he can speak to teams abroad about a summer free transfer.

That made securing Andreas Christensen’s future at Stamford Bridge all the more important, and the good news is that there seems to have been a breakthrough there.

Fabrizio Romano yesterday Tweeted that it’s a “matter of time” before the deal is done, with just a few final clauses to be agreed.

That’s a huge relief, after the superb 12 months that AC has had. Losing one of your first choice centre backs on a free would be bad. Losing two would have been a catastrophe.

With Rudiger gone, this Cobham product will have a superb chance to step up again and become the head man at the back.