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Chelsea will look to secure deals for key trio once Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger sign new contracts


Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are key players at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea are hoping to tie down Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho with new deals once centre-back duo Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger commit their future to the club.

Christensen, 25, is out of contract at the end of the season but is on the cusp of signing a bumper new deal at Stamford Bridge worth around £120,000-a-week.

There remains uncertainty over the future of Rudiger – who, like Christensen, becomes a free agent next summer – but the Blues are hopeful of convincing the 28-year-old German to extend his stay, despite strong interest from PSG, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

According to The Evening Standard, Chelsea are intent on planning for the long-term under Thomas Tuchel, with Mount, 22, Kante, 30, and Jorginho, 29, all viewed as priorities and key players going forward.

Kante and Jorginho are tied to Chelsea until 2023, while Mount’s current deal runs through to the summer of 2024.

All three players were instrumental in the club’s Champions League success last season and are set to be offered significantly improved wage packets to ensure they stay on in west London.

Kante and Jorginho were both nominated for the UEFA Player of the Year award – which the latter went on to win – and Mount has established himself as one of the finest young talents in Premier League football as well as an England regular.

Chelsea are in talks with Christensen and Rudiger (Picture: Getty)

Many have tipped academy product Mount to take over the reins as Chelsea captain in the future and Tuchel admits the midfielder has made himself near-undroppable with his performances over the last year.

‘We were very careful with him in pre-season, he did not start the game against Villarreal and then he started against Crystal Palace straight away,’ the Chelsea head coach told the club’s official website.

‘Sometimes we are a bit worried but on the other side he seems to deal so good with all the minutes and all the load that he has that it’s sometimes very hard to leave him out because he looks fresh, he comes with a smile.

‘I would be more concerned if his face was straight and you feel some fatigue also mentally, but I don’t feel it. We are happy that he’s here and we will be careful like always with him.’

Tuchel added: ‘Once we decide to let him play, we have to not already have the reason maybe why he does not play so good.

‘If we have this reason before, because he’s maybe overloaded or played too many games, we should not make him play.

‘If we make him play, everybody – himself, me, the staff – is convinced that he’s perfectly fit and he’s ready to play, and then we judge him on the same level like always.

‘That’s life at a top club. You can never rest, you can never look back and you have to deliver. It’s a good life, actually, and the guys are used to it.’


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