Chelsea sealed a 1-0 win over West Ham United on Sunday and after the tie, Thomas Tuchel told Sky Sports that Antonio Rüdiger is set to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of this season.

The 29-year-old’s contract expires on June 30th. The Blues manager confirmed the club’s current situation made it difficult to retain the defender beyond this current deal.

“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,” the Chelsea boss said.

Since Tuchel made these claims, various reports have stated the Germany international is ‘getting closer’ to Real Madrid.

Wednesday’s edition of Marca explains that Chelsea ‘assume’ the centre-back has ‘already closed an agreement’ with the La Liga side. The newspaper then provides an insight into the efforts made by the west London club to retain the player.  

The Premier League side ‘tried to make Tuchel a leader’, to manage the negotiations and convince his compatriot to stay at the club. It’s claimed the Blues, despite the current situation, ‘tried to seduce’ Rüdiger ‘until the last minute’.

However, Chelsea failed to achieve their objective and the former AS Roma man will now leave the Bridge as a free agent.

As a result of these failed talks, the English club ‘already take the central defender’s departure for sure… to Real Madrid’.