Antonio Rudiger has been urged to snub a move to Manchester United this summer as speculation continues over his future.
The defender is being linked with a move to Old Trafford as his contract runs down at Chelsea. The 29-year-old sees his deal at Stamford Bridge expire at the end of the season and could leave the club for free this summer.
Rudiger — who has been one of the Blues’ standout performers this season — had been expected to ink a new deal in London earlier this season. But with the ongoing uncertainty at Chelsea, as the club searches for new owners after Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK government, the Germany international looks likely to depart at the end of his current contract.
United will likely be on the lookout for a new defender this summer and have been credited with an interest in the 29-year-old. Having struggled in that department this season, it looks set to be an area for the club’s new manager to target in the transfer window.
Rudiger though has been urged to snub any approach that comes from Old Trafford. Former Manchester City star Shaun Wright-Phillips insists the defender should either stay at Stamford Bridge or look elsewhere if he wants to win trophies.
“If I was Rudiger I would stay. He’s been fantastic, especially over the last two seasons,” Wright-Phillips told Lord Ping.
“It will be hard for Chelsea to fill that position with somebody like Rudiger. The way Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Thiago Silva have played together this season, they’ve been hard to break down and hard to beat. So I can imagine Chelsea wanting to keep him, but if I see him going anywhere, it would be Real Madrid.
“I just think Rudiger wants to win things. I don’t see Man United in the first year under a new manager winning much. There’s a lot to change at that place, so I think his decision will be based on winning trophies.”