There is a lot of reason for optimism at Chelsea, with the Blues cruising to a 3-0 aggregate victory over La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid after a 2-0 win in the Champions League last-16 second-leg on Wednesday.
The result is a strong marker of the side’s improvement under Thomas Tuchel, who is still unbeaten in his 13 games in charge in West London, conceding just two goals in that time.
Whilst pundits were spoilt for choice when choosing the man of the match from the game against Atletico, one performance which stood out was that of Antonio Rudiger.
The German got the better of Luis Suarez over both legs of the tie, and has now secured his place in the Blues’ backline, a far cry from his position under Lampard, where he struggled for first-team chances.
With the revival of Rudiger’s Chelsea career under his fellow countryman Tuchel, it appears that his future may not be as certain as first thought.
According to The Sun, the Germany international has refused to enter contract talks immediately, instead opting to wait until after the European Championships.
The 28-year-old, whose current deal expires at the end of next season, has impressed in recent weeks and Chelsea have kept 16 clean sheets in his 21 games so far this season.
It is rumoured that Rudiger became unsettled during Lampard’s time at the club and is therefore undecided on his future and unwilling to enter contract negotiations until after the tournament in the summer.
Chelsea are believed to be keen on extending the player’s deal, with Tuchel clearly a keen admirer of the defender.