Thomas Tuchel puts pressure on Antonio Rudiger with clear Chelsea contract message

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Chelsea would secure a 1-0 victory (3-0 on aggregate) to book a place in the final.

And Tuchel was bullish in his response about Rudiger's future in west London.

Asked if he will leave Chelsea in the summer, he said: "Everybody knows but there’s a lot of ‘if’ in your question. Let’s wait to see what becomes the reality.

Asked if he is confident they can tie down Rudiger to a long-term deal, Tuchel added: "Of course we are confident. We have things to offer and he is the player he is in a Chelsea shirt and in a Chelsea environment. I think he knows it very well."

Rudiger is not concerned about what happens in the summer, however, as his sole concern is enjoying this "chapter", which he reckons is the best of his career.

He said at full-time: "I’m enjoying it. You have to see it in chapters. I enjoy this chapter. So far yeah it’s the best part of my career. As you said there are a lot of games and the schedule is getting busier and busier."

Jamie Redknapp is adamant Chelsea need to do everything they can to keep Rudiger at the club, even if it means giving in to his wage demands.

Antonio Rudiger scored the winning goal vs Spurs
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He said: "Brilliant, you’ve got to sign him up. You have to. Unfortunately clubs don’t want to pay the top dollar.

"But, if you were to let him go in the summer you’re going to have to buy someone for £40, £50 million whatever it is to replace him and give them the big wages. It’s almost better going we love you, you’re a massive part of this club. You’ve been so influential in the Champions League win last year.

"The crowd love him. I think if he says what he means and wants to stay at the club – then it’s all there for him. He can achieve all the ambitions. They’re going places. They always have been. The owners have always spent the big money they need, they need to get him signed up very quickly."