Chelsea news LIVE: Real Madrid 'reach verbal agreement with Rudiger', Blues 'to wait' for Rice – takeover latest

Chelsea news LIVE: Real Madrid 'reach verbal agreement with Rudiger', Blues 'to wait' for Rice – takeover latest

REAL MADRID have reportedly reach a 'verbal agreement' with Chelsea's superstar defender Antonio Rudiger.

The German international is out of contract in the summer and has rejected numerous contract offers to stay at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, the Blues are prepared to wait for West Ham's Declan Rice whose contract expires in 12 months time.

Chelsea were knocked back in their approach for the Englishman last summer, but they are keen to revisit their interests according to reports.

And the successful bidders for the West London outfit must guarantee that they will stay in charge of the club for a minimum of TEN years.

Keep up to date with all of the latest gossip from the takeover in our live blog…

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  • Anthony Chapman

    Cesar Azpilicueta's incredible silverware collection

    Cesar Azpilicueta's dwindling contract was automatically extended this month after reaching 20 Premier League appearances.

    But the Blues skipper continues to be linked with a move to Barcelona.

    Fellow defenders Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger are already on their way out.

    Can Chelsea afford to lose the man who's won it all at Stamford Bridge?

  • Sam Dymond

    Blues busy tracking new Zlatan

    Chelsea and Tottenham are reportedly braced to do battle for Inter Milan hot-shot Martin Satriano, who's been compared to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

    The 6ft 2in striker has been in rare form whilst on loan with Ligue 1 side Brest this season – netting four goals in just 12 appearances across all competitions.

    The youngster made his debut for Inter this season – making three appearances before being shipped out on loan to France in the January transfer window in order to aid his development.

    And Satriano's impressive displays have caught the attention of London rivals Chelsea and Spurs who are both prowling for attacking reinforcements this summer, The Mirror claim.

    The Blues are bracing themselves for the departure of Romelu Lukaku, who is eyeing return to Satriano's parent club Inter, and are keen to make the 20-year-old part of any deal.

  • Sam Dymond

    New owners must stay for decade

    The successful bidders for Chelsea must guarantee that they will stay in charge of the football club for at least ten years.

    Sky News understands that Raine Group, the merchant bank overseeing the sale of the Blues, has contacted the three remaining parties to ask that any controlling shareholders do not sell their prospective stakes until at least 2032.

    The move has been designed by the New York-based bank in order to provide long-term continuity to a club that has endured two months of upheaval.

    It is understood that such criteria will be incorporated into the sale contract, thus making it a legally enforceable act.

  • Sam Dymond

    Blues to wait for Rice

    West Ham are determined to keep captain Declan Rice this summer, but The Athletic understand that the club have conceded that they will most likely have to sell their prized asset in 12 months' time.

    The England international has two years to run on his current deal with the Hammers, who do hold the option of triggering an extra year if they so wish.

    However, Rice has once again passed up the opportunity to pen an extension, and so West Ham officials are resigned to cashing in.

    Officials at the London Stadium hope that if Rice excels at the the World Cup later this year, the club will be able to fetch in the range of £150million for the 23-year-old.

    Thomas Tuchel is a huge admirer of the midfielder that Chelsea released from their academy once upon a time, and desperately wants the club to bring him back to Stamford Bridge.

  • Sam Dymond

    Tuchel explains 'weird' James absence

    Reece James was a surprise absentee from Chelsea's limp and late 1-0 win over West Ham, but Thoma Tuchel doesn't expect the right-back to be out for long.

    Speaking after yesterday's game, the German explained that he had left the England international out as a precaution after the player expressed slight concerns.

    "[Reece James] had a bit of a weird feeling, and was not feeling fully confident about his hamstrings," Tuchel told the press.

    "It isn't a new injury or a recurrence of an old injury. We checked the medical images, and there is absolutely nothing, but he didn't feel totally comfortable. We did not want to take the risk of a re-injury and left him out of the squad."

    "Not having Reece is a big loss because of his individual quality and what he brings to the team.

    "He's been in good form as well, so it is a shame to not have him with us especially when we are already missing Mateo Kovacic and Toni Rudiger."

  • Sam Dymond

    Rudiger Real deal edging nearer

    Antonio Rudiger has verbally agreed to join Real Madrid in the summer, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    The transfers expert reports that while no contract has been officially signed, the defender's move to the European giants has been given the green light.

    The two parties have apparently settled on a long-term deal for the German, who will move to the Bernabeu on a free transfer in the summer.

    Rudiger moved to Chelsea from Roma in 2019 for a fee of £29million.

  • Sam Dymond

    Barca meeting with Rudi representatives

    Antonio Rudiger's departure from Stamford Bridge was confirmed over the weekend, and the main question now is just where will the German end up?

    Real Madrid appear to be the club in pole position to snap up the centre-back on a free transfer, but their LaLiga rivals Barcelona have admitted recent talks with the player's agent.

    However, the Spanish giants have been keen to point out that a deal for the defender was not discussed during talks.

    Manchester United have supposedly made the largest contract offer to Rudiger, but the 29-year-old will only consider a club able to offer Champions League football.

  • Sam Dymond

    Chelsea will run for Jules

    A new centre-back will be the number one priority for Thomas Tuchel as soon as Chelsea's new owners are in place.

    The confirmation that Antonio Rudiger will leave the club this summer has expedited the Blues' need for a defender – especially if Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta follow the German out of the exit door.

    And the London club's main target once again appears to be Sevilla's Jules Kounde.

    Chelsea were knocked back with approach for the Frenchman last summer, but are keen to revisit a deal following speculation that the player is available for a cut-price £50million.

  • Gary Stonehouse

    Morning, Chelsea fans

    Thomas Tuchel hailed Chelsea's 'patience' in yesterday's last-gasp triumph but confirmed Antonio Rudiger's has run out.

    Late sub Christian Pulisic sank West Ham 1-0 – soon after Jorginho's dreadful penalty miss – to end a run of three straight home losses.

    Hammers' defender Craig Dawson saw red when he conceded that woeful spot-kick by fouling another impressive substitute, Romelu Lukaku.

    Overall, though, the defiant Hammers were unlucky, having resting six main men, including Declan Rice.

    Blues boss Tuchel said: “They defend with eight to nine players around their box and it’s tough to find spaces to accelerate.

    “First half was a bit stuck but I think that was because of a bit of uncertainty with the latest results at home. We grew into it, never lost patience.”

    And explaining why Chelsea showed caution, he added: “It was also not the moment to take every risk after our recent results."

    Meanwhile, Tuchel admitted Rudiger told him in a 'private talk' that the centre-back will leave this summer.

    The Blues can't offer new contracts as Government sanctions against outgoing owner Roman Abramovich hit hard.

    And Manchester United target Rudiger has finally revealed what everyone expected – that he will be the first big-name departure.

    Tuchel said: “We gave everything – me and the club. 

    "Without the sanctions we would at least be able to carry on fighting, but our hands are tied." 

  • Ian Tuckey

    Government back plan to block rogue owners

    Powers to stop rogue owners buying clubs at all levels will be formally backed by the Government today, writes MARTIN LIPTON.

    Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston will announce the 10 main recommendations of November’s “fan-led review” are to be introduced in a Parliamentary Bill.

    That will see the legal establishment of an “independent regulator” with powers to oversee the game at all levels.

    Former Sports Minister Tracey Crouch and her team urged the adoption of a new “integrity test” for owners.

    That is aimed at ensuring no repeat of the chaos that saw Bury go bust after more than a century of football at Gigg Lane.

    Huddleston wants to “protect clubs and their fans from unscrupulous owners” amid concetat the number of clubs throughout the pyramid living beyond their means.

    Huddleston said: “Radical change is needed to protect the future of our national game.

    “We will establish a strong, independent regulator but the football authorities can take action now to tackle issues currently facing the game.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Swansong coming up for the Rudi Blues

    Manchester United target Antonio Rudiger has told Chelsea he WILL leave the club at the end of the season, Thomas Tuchel confirmed.

    The German defender’s contract expires at Stamford Bridge in the summer.

    And manager Tuchel revealed the pair had a “private talk” where it was decided his future would be away from the club.

    The Blues boss said: “Toni, the media is on it. The situation is that he wants to leave the club.

    “He informed me of this in a private talk. 

    “We gave everything – me and the club – but we could not fight anymore because of the actions.

    “Without the sanctions we would at least be able to carry on fighting, but our hands are tied.

    “We don’t take it personally. It is his decision.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Tuchel's astonishing claim

    Thomas Tuchel put Chelsea’s last-gasp victory over West Ham down to ‘patience’ – and claimed they ‘couldn’t take risks’ due to their recent poor home form.

    Christian Pulisic bagged the only goal in stoppage time, soon after the Hammers had Craig Dawson sent off for a foul from which Jorginho missed a penalty.

    Blues’ boss Tuchel told Sky Sports: “It’s not easy to have good games against them (West Ham).

    “They defend with eight to nine players around their box and it’s tough to find spaces to accelerate. I did not expect a spectacular game.

    “First half was a bit stuck but I think that was because of a bit of uncertainty with the latest results at home. We grew into it, never lost patience.”

    “West Ham defend with a lot of bodies and discipline. We have to wait for the moments.

    “We had some accelerations with Mason (Mount) from midfield but nobody was joining. We controlled it but could not find spaces.

    “It was also not the moment to take every risk after our recent results.

    “The red card maybe opened more space to allow the late answer.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Pulisic relief

    Matchwinning Chelsea sub Christian Pulisic admits it is a huge relief to have ended a run of three successive home defeats.

    The stoppage-time hero revealed Blues' boss Thomas Tuchel told him to go and grab a winner.

    Pulisic said: “He just said to make a difference. To combine and make opportunities. 

    “It feels good to be more secure in the top four. We need a win at home and it feels great in front of our fans.

    “We need to finish the season strong. Some good league games and then a final.

    “I needed to come in and make a difference and show I want to be playing."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Tuchel clears Jorginho for penalties despite horror miss

    Thomas Tuchel backed Jorginho despite his spot kick shocker, writes ANDY DILLON.

    The Chelsea midfielder wasted a golden opportunity to give his team the lead against dogged West Ham by fluffing a penalty three minutes from time.

    Sub Christian Pulisic got his Italian team-mate out of jail by scoring in the last seconds of normal time but boss Tuchel admits his player is ‘upset’ at his miss.

    Tuchel said: “Jorgi had a perfect record with us so normally you believe and we all believed we had finally the chance to score the goal we needed.

    “He has a certain style of shooting. When he scores it looks unbelievable, cool, calm, composed.

    “When he misses a penalty, it looks like: could he have done better?

    “But it’s his style and he’s right to stick with it. He’s very upset with himself.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Top 17 players for errors leading to shots

    Four Manchester United players feature among the players who have made the most errors leading to shots in the Premier League, writes JOSHUA JONES.

    And it is blundering captain Harry Maguire who tops the unwanted list. The 29-year-old is struggling to catch a break on the pitch at the moment – and was inexplicably sent a shocking bomb threat.

    Now Opta's stats show Maguire has made seven mistakes in 62 appearances that have allowed opponents to take a shot since the start of last season.

    That is more than any other outfield player in England's top flight.

    And to make matters worse, Nemanja Matic is second on the list with six from 40 games. Red Devils full-backs Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka also feature among the top 17 with four errors each, from 52 and 54 appearances respectively, in a further blow for David De Gea.

    Arsenal defender Gabriel and Luke Ayling both have made six mistakes.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Atletico linked to Alonso

    Chelsea full-back Marcos Alonso is a target for Atletico Madrid, according to reports.

    Marca claim that Diego Simeone sees the Spaniard as a solution to the problem left-back position at the club.

    In recent years, Filipe Luis and Lucas Hernandez have left a gaping hole in their defensive line.

    Alonso’s contract runs out in 2023, and as yet has failed to agree to a new deal.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Jor-dropping miss dubbed 'worst penalty ever'

    JORGINHO had his blushes spared by Christian Pulisic after the Chelsea midfielder missed a dreadful late penalty in the 1-0 win against West Ham, writes JAKE LAMBOURNE.

    The Blues scored a dramatic injury-time winner at Stamford Bridge to extend their lead over fourth-placed Arsenal to five points.

    It was a nervy end to the game for the hosts who were guilty of yet another below-par performance in front of their own fans.

    And in the 87th minute the Blues were handed the game on a plate when Hammers centre-back Craig Dawson was sent off for hauling down Romelu Lukaku inside the box.

    Up stepped Jorginho, who was looking to score his tenth goal of the season, with all nine of his previous strikes this term coming from the penalty spot.

    Just like Bruno Fernandes against Arsenal on Saturday, the Italian did his usual hop, skip and jump run-up, with his tame effort easily saved by Lukasz Fabianski.

    And after his latest missed penalty, Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness slammed his attempt from the spot.

    He said: "It's pathetic. It's bouncing before it gets to the goalkeeper. I mean, that's an example of how not to take a penalty. There's no conviction.

    "I'll just pass it into the net, centre of goal. It's easy for the goalkeeper to save it. Poor penalty.

    "That was going to bounce twice before it got to the goalkeeper."

    Fans were also quick to slam the ex-Napoli ace on social media, as one tweeted: "Think that might be the worst penalty I’ve ever seen."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Would-be buyer once faced 'inappropriate behaviour' claim

    A billionaire in the running to buy Chelsea FC was once accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour.

    Hansjorg Wyss, 86, faced allegations over an incident said to have taken place in a hotel room in 2011.

    He is part of the Todd Boehly consortium, being advised by ex-Chancellor George Osborne.

    Jacqueline Long, 70, reported Wyss to the police in Morristown, New Jersey, it was confirmed by the prosecutor’s office.

    No charges were brought against him.

    The businessman — said to be worth £3.9billion — reached a settlement with her.

  • Ian Tuckey

    We 'couldn't task risks after recent results

    Thomas Tuchel put Chelsea's last-gasp victory over West Ham down to 'patience' – and claimed they 'couldn't take risks' due to their recent poor home form.

    Christian Pulisic bagged the only goal in stoppage time, soon after the Hammers had Craig Dawson sent off for a foul from which Jorginho missed a penalty.

    Blues' boss Tuchel told Sky Sports: "It's not easy to have good games against them (West Ham).

    "They defend with eight to nine players around their box and it's tough to find spaces to accelerate. I did not expect a spectacular game.

    "First half was a bit stuck but I think that was because of a bit of uncertainty with the latest results at home. We grew into it, never lost patience."

    "West Ham defend with a lot of bodies and discipline. We have to wait for the moments.

    "We had some accelerations with Mason (Mount) from midfield but nobody was joining. We controlled it but could not find spaces.

    "It was also not the moment to take every risk after our recent results.

    "The red card maybe opened more space to allow the late answer."

  • Ian Tuckey

    AC are just not Inter Lu

    AC Milan have reportedly turned down the opportunity to sign Chelsea's ex-Inter striker Romelu Lukaku.

    The Serie A league leaders have been linked with a move for the out-of-favour Chelsea striker.

    However, according to Gazzetta dello Sport the club chose to sign Divock Origi instead.

    Lukaku has struggled since returning to Stamford Bridge in a £97million deal.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd boost as Rudiger tells Chelsea he'll leave

    Manchester United target Antonio Rudiger has told Chelsea he WILL leave the club at the end of the season, Thomas Tuchel confirmed.

    The German defender's contract expires at Stamford Bridge in the summer.

    And manager Tuchel revealed the pair had a "private talk" where it was decided his future would be away from the club.

    The Blues boss said: "Toni, the media is on it. The situation is that he wants to leave the club.

    "He informed me of this in a private talk. 

    "We gave everything – me and the club – but we could not fight anymore because of the actions.

    "Without the sanctions we would at least be able to carry on fighting, but our hands are tied.

    "We don't take it personally. It is his decision."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Sub ratings

    Hakim Ziyech (for Loftus-Cheek) – 5

    Quick to get on the ball and whip crosses in but had nothing to aim for or at.

    Romelu Lukaku (Havertz) – 6

    Made a huge impact to come on win Chelsea the winning penalty. Shame Jorginho could not hold his end of the bargain

    Christian Pulisic (for Werner) – 7

    Excellent finish to win the game on his weaker left foot, converting from an Alonso cross.

    RATINGS BY SUNSPORT'S JACK FIGG

  • Ian Tuckey

    More ratings vs Chelsea

    Kai Havertz – 4

    Following a good run of games leading the line, the German could not get into the game.

    He wasn't helped much by his colleagues but it felt like a backwards step for Chelsea's talisman.

    Timo Werner – 5

    Growing in confidence on the ball – opposed to making runs off it – which the German has lacked in his Chelsea career.

    But missed two big chances at the end hitting in the side netting and striking into Fabianski.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ratings continued

    Jorginho – 3

    Lacked inspiration from midfield, failing to show his ability to split defences with deep-lying passes.

    His day went from bad to worse after his shockingly tame penalty was easily saved by Lukasz Fabianski.

    Marcos Alonso – 6

    Some menacing crosses down the left which later paid dividends, but is still a liability tracking back when the ball goes over the top.

    Did provide the winning cross for Pulisic for finish home after a good showing going forward, where he is most comfortable.

    Mason Mount – 5

    Playing in between Timo Werner and Kai Havertz and had some nice link up with Loftus-Cheek, but only threatened in the last 20.

    Was joined by his team-mates in failing to inspire, but usually the one Chelsea can turn to. Did set up Alonso to cross for Pulisic's winner.

  • Ian Tuckey

    More Chelsea ratings

    Thiago Silva – 6

    At times showed his experience to carry the ball further afield and intercept when West Ham looked to counter.

    But there were times the Brazilian also lacked a yard of pace. Did importantly head onto Romelu Lukaku, who won a penalty.

    Trevoh Chalobah – 6

    Made an important block on 20 minutes to snuff out West Ham attack and won some key one-on-one battles.

    Had an effort from long range saved just before hour mark, showing resemblances of contract-rebel Antonio Rudiger.

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 7

    Started at right-wing back in place of injured Reece James and was lively getting forward.

    Stood up well to some one-on-one battles and was one of Chelsea's better performers on the day.

    N'Golo Kante – 7

    Another rare bright spark as the Frenchman appears to have gotten over what were otherwise a rare dip in form.

    Carried the ball well, got stuck in and had efforts on goal blocked.

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