Tuchel reveals how Chelsea squad reacted to news about Rudiger’s imminent departure

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has given insight into the mood for the club with the recent news that defender Antonio Rudiger is set to leave the club this summer.

The 29-year-old’s current deal at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of the season and he has made a decision not to renew terms.

He is said to be on the verge of joining the Spanish giants, Real Madrid, after he had a verbal agreement.

Speaking ahead of Thursday night’s English Premier League soccer match at Manchester United, Tuchel revealed that the mood at the club has not been good in the past few days.

“I don’t think anyone likes her. Tony is a big factor in the last season and a half together. He gives everyone confidence in the dressing room. He’s a unique personality, an aggressive leader. He plays at a premium level who loves responsibility.

“We have to accept that, and we will accept it. There will be life at Chelsea after Tony. Now the most important thing is that it ends as it has for the last year and a half, as high as possible.”

His departure means the club will be looking for a replacement, and Tuchel confirmed he is confident of raising the bar for any new defenders.

“I will try to push the team to the limit. It has been a pleasure every day with Tony. We still have big things to achieve. From before next season life will go on, whether we like it or not and we will do our best. My heart and all my knowledge,”

The Germany international missed the 4-2 loss to Arsenal last week and there is doubt for Thursday night’s clash at Old Trafford.