Marina Granovskaia told which two deals she must prioritise as Chelsea risk £63m loss


Chelsea director of football Marina Granovskaia has been told she needs to tie both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen down to new contracts with time running out to do so. As things stand, both centre-backs will leave the club at the end of the season on free transfers, something that former Blues defender Glen Johnson believes they cannot let happen. Both Christensen and Rudiger have been integral since Thomas Tuchel took over as manager just under a year ago, with only Mason Mount playing more times under the manager than Rudiger.

The former Roma centre-back has been linked with moves to Juventus, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain and, while Chelsea have offered new terms, understands that the £140,000-per-week offer currently on the table is still around £60,000 short of the £200,000-per- week he is looking for. While Christensen has not been an ever-present like his German teammate, he has still played more times under Tuchel than Thiago Silva , who recently signed a new deal and was singled out for praise by Johnson. But with the Brazilian now 37 years old, he believes it is the younger, first-choice centre-backs the club should now be focusing on.

“I think he’s a fantastic player. Credit to him for looking after himself, to be playing at his age and still at the same level," Johnson said in an interview with "Obviously I would have loved to have him in the Premier League when he was super fit, flying fit. But I don’t think Silva staying eases the pressure off keeping RΓΌdiger - I think Chelsea still need to sign RΓΌdiger to a new contract.

"Silva has only signed for another year and he can’t play every single week. They’ve done well to keep him but I think Chelsea need to make sure Andreas Christensen and Antonio RΓΌdiger are kept long-term as well. "Silva has been fantastic since he came to Chelsea. Helping all the young players, the guy’s got experience coming out of his ears, and he’s still enjoying his football. It’s great that he’s signed another year.”

Both Rudiger and Christensen are valued at £31.5 million by Transfermarkt and the Blues will desperate not to see the £63m duo leave for nothing when a significant transfer fee could be captured in the future.

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