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Antonio Rudiger responds to Chelsea contract offer worth nearer to £200,000-a-week as Man United ‘monitoring his situation’

Antonio Rudiger has rejected Chelsea’s new contract offer and Manchester United are closely monitoring developments on the defender’s situation, according to reports.

The defender’s deal is due to expire in the summer and he is said to have already received pre-contract proposals from the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

Rudiger has been a stalwart at the back for Thomas Tuchel’s side, forming a key part of the side that won the Champions League last season.

But the Germany international is believed to have turned down the club’s first offer in the region of £140,000-a-week, which would be an improvement on his current wages of around £100,000-a-week.

And the Daily Mail report that the west London club informally put forward an increased offer worth closer to £200,000-a-week, but that still falls short of what is needed to get the defender to put pen to paper.

However, Chelsea are still said to remain optimistic that they can come to an agreement with the player.

As well as Madrid and PSG, United are thought to be keeping a close eye on Rudiger’s situation, with Red Devils interim boss Ralf Rangnick an admirer of the 28-year-old.

Discussing his situation last month, Rudiger told Sky Sports: ‘I’m fully committed like always, down for the cause.

‘At the end of the day, talks are between my side and the club.’

‘You need to listen to the missus. You have to think about your family, obviously,’ the defender added.

‘But I’ve always said that my kids were born here in London so that tells you that my family feels great here, but the rest is up to other people.

‘They have to make decisions and we will see.’

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