Pundit can't believe Tottenham could sign Rudiger after source's 'huge' update today
Noel Whelan has suggested Tottenham are set to be disappointed in their pursuit of Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger this summer.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider’s Russell Edge, tipped the 28-year-old to join a club challenging for titles instead of Spurs.
Football Insider revealed on Wednesday (5 January) Tottenham chief Fabio Paratici is in constant contact with Rudiger’s camp in a bid to agree a deal that would see him join on a free transfer this summer.
The centre-back is into the last six months of his contract at Stamford Bridge.
A Spurs source has updated today that the club are willing to pay Rudiger a a “huge salary” to get him committed this month ahead of a summer move.
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However, Whelan admitted money might not be enough to convince him of a move.
Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It’s a difficult one. I can see why he’d maybe want to go and work with Antonio Conte. I get that, I really do.
“But I think if you’ve got a player like that, who’s coming from the European champions, fighting for the title every single season with the squad that they have, which is better than Tottenham’s why would you make that step downwards?
“That’s what I’m really trying to get my head around. Uou have the likes of AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid probably, Bayern Munich.
“All these clubs, you would choose hand over fist over Tottenham right now. Yes, there have been improvements at Tottenham, there’s no doubt about that. It’s there for everyone to see.
“But are they really going to be considered title winners in the next two years? There’s been steady improvement but in terms of competing, I still think they’re two or three seasons off.
“If you’re going to move anywhere, it’s going to be to a club that’s going to be winning things every single season in a different country. They’ll be in the Champions League every single year, without fail.”
Despite the contract standoff, Rudiger has remained a mainstay under Thomas Tuchel this season.
He has played 27 times across all competitions so far, with two goals under his belt.