Sources: Major update on Tottenham pursuit of Rudiger as 'huge' offer lined up

Tottenham are set to pull the plug on their pursuit of Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, Football Insider understands.

The north Londoners have kept tabs on the Germany international’s situation with his contract expiring next year.

But a Chelsea source told Football Insider that the club wants to keep Rudiger, 28, and will offer him a “huge” new contract to stay.

Talks are set to open in the coming weeks and all parties are hopeful a long-term extension can be agreed.

Tottenham are set to turn to more readily available targets as they look to recruit a top-class centre-back.

That area is one of the top priorities for the recruitment department in the summer window.

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Tottenham came close to signing Rudiger last summer and were hopeful of reaching an agreement going into the final days of the Premier League window.

Chelsea wanted a loan fee – believed to be more than £4million – for the centre-back as well as for the entirety of his £150,000-a-week contract to be covered.

The cost of the deal would have been more than £10m, and that was deemed too high by the Spurs hierarchy for a season-long loan.

Rudiger is one of a number of Chelsea stars who have found themselves revitalised under Thomas Tuchel’s wing.

Under Frank Lampard at Stanford Bridge, he featured just twice in the opening 17 games of the league season.

But he has since missed just four matches in the Premier League and was a leading light in Chelsea’s historic Champions League campaign.

He didn’t miss a single minute throughout the knockout stages and will hope to carry his form with him into this summer’s Euros with Germany.

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