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03 July 2017

Chelsea target Antonio Rudiger coy on Blues link after Germany’s Confederations Cup triumph over Chile

ANTONIO RUDIGER refused to be drawn on a move to Chelsea after lifting the Confederations Cup with Germany.

The Roma centre-back is being lined up as part of a £125million triple swoop as Antonio Conte looks to strengthen.

Antonio Rudiger put in a brilliant display as Germany beat Chile
Antonio Rudiger put in a brilliant display as Germany beat Chile
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Rudiger will cost the Blues £30million if they can agree personal terms
Rudiger will cost the Blues £30million if they can agree personal terms
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But Rudiger insists he needs a break before deciding on his future after starring in a hard-fought 1-0 win over Chile.

He said: “It’s not about the future now, it’s now about enjoyment.

“I need to enjoy this moment and I’m enjoying it to the fullest.

“The rest we will see in the coming weeks.”

Chelsea are hoping to complete a £30m deal for Rudiger, 24, to firm up Conte’s back line for their title defence.

The powerhouse excelled as under-strength Germany shut out Chile and his physical style should suit the Premier League.

Germany won the Confederations Cup with an under-strength team
Germany won the Confederations Cup with an under-strength team
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Rudiger offer a commandiong physical presence in defence
Rudiger offers a commanding physical presence in defence
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Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alex Sandro are the final pieces of Conte’s puzzle as the Italian seeks to build on a stunning debut season in England.

Sandro could set the Blues back a club-record £60m, with Bakayoko coming it at around £35m.

Chelsea’s summer spending will see some players moved on to raise funds as Nemanja Matic is expected to follow Asmir Begovic, Juan Cuadrado, Christian Atsu and Nathan Ake out of the club.

Alex Sandro could make a club-record £60million switch
Alex Sandro could make a club-record £60million switch
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Tiemoue Bakayoko is wanted to strengthen the midfield
Tiemoue Bakayoko is wanted to strengthen the midfield
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John Terry is another to quit Stamford Bridge with Aston Villa set to land the Stamford Bridge legend on a free.

The former skipper scooped a fifth Prem crown before heading for a new challenge as his contract expired.


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