World Cup winner Jerome Boateng heaps praise on Chelsea contract rebel Antonio Rudiger

Jerome Boateng is a big fan of Antonio Rudiger (Picture: Getty)

Jerome Boateng has hailed Antonio Rudiger as one of the five best defenders in the world as speculation over the Chelsea star’s future continues to mount. 

Rudiger has been a mainstay for Thomas Tuchel’s side so far this season, having started 14 of the Blues’ opening 15 Premier League matches. 

However, the Germany international could be set to leave Stamford Bridge when his contract runs out in the summer, if he is unable to agree new terms. 

Reports have suggested that his brother and agent brother Sahr Senesie already has an ‘informal agreement’ with Real Madrid, while Manchester United are also interested in a move.

While fellow German star Boateng wouldn’t be drawn on the speculation, the 33-year-old praised Rudiger’s rise at Chelsea and named him as one of the best defenders in world football. 

‘Toni Rudiger. We are good friends and we talk often. I’m very happy for him that he has developed so well at Chelsea,’ he told Goal. 

Rudiger is one the top five defenders in the world, according to Boateng.

‘When we remember where he was a year ago, sometimes on the bench, sometimes in the stands.

‘And now he’s a guaranteed starter and playing at a world-class level because he believed in himself and remained patient.

‘For me, he is currently the best German defender, and definitely in the top five at his spot in Europe.

‘I don’t have any [advice] for him, he’s big enough and will know what’s best for him.

‘I wish him clear ideas when he makes his decision, but that will be the case.

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