Chelsea planning to offer new contract to €50m-rated defender

London club are planning to offer Antonio Rudiger a deal extension, amid ongoing injury concerns and the fact his current contract running till 2022. Germany international has played only 45 minutes of football this campaign, starting in the win at Wolves in September but coming off at half-time.

Antonio missed the end of last campaign with a severe knee injury which saw him sit out the Europa League final victory over the Gunners. He appeared to have recovered from that problem by September but suffered a hip problem in the match at Molineux and has not played since.

Rudiger was forced to undergo an operation on his hip last week and is now expected to come back to action next month. London club manager Frank Lampard is a big fan of the 26-year-old centre-back because, despite all this injury trouble, he is keen to tie his future down in Chelsea.

German defender’s current deal has two more years to run from the end of the campaign and Chelsea want to ward off any potential suitors by signing him up to a long-term contract. In Antonio’s absence, Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori have been forging a partnership in the middle of the Blues back-line.

Although they have not exactly been watertight, with the London club conceding 17 goals in their 12 Premier League matches so far, and four in their last Champions League outing with Ajax. English manager spoke last week of Rudiger’s come back to fitness: ‘He had an operation, and he’s going to be out around three weeks, hopefully.’