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Sam Allardyce Exclusive: Allardyce Questions Rudiger's Chelsea Motives

Sam Allardyce Exclusive: Allardyce Questions Rudiger's Chelsea Motives

Sam Allardyce has questioned if Antonio Rudiger “really wants to stay at Chelsea” and feels the Blues may have missed their chance to tie the defender down to a new contract. Rudiger’s deal runs out in the summer and he has been linked with a number of clubs, including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. Allardyce feels Chelsea should give in to the 28-year-old’s wage demands if they value him highly enough, but thinks it may now be too late to retain the German’s services.



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Does Rudiger Want To Stay?

Speaking exclusively to Genting, the experienced manager said: “[Rudiger] says he wants to stay at Chelsea, but does he really want to stay at Chelsea? 

“If he wants to stay, then Chelsea should sign him. What Chelsea are doing is quite unique. 

“We see this a lot in football or in many clubs that I’ve been at – I’ve had eight Premier League clubs – where the board will say, ‘We’ll have to let him go. He wants too much.’  

“So, I’ll say, ‘How much is a replacement going to cost?’ And they go, ‘It would be nothing like the wages he wants.’ But what would the transfer fee be?

“When you put the transfer fee of a replacement together with the wages, is that more than what he wants to stay? And if it is, sign him, because he’s a free transfer. 

“Don't worry about the players finding out how much money he’s getting, because if I consider him good enough and the team considers him good enough, he’s going to get us more and more wins. 

“I can't understand when clubs let go of a player over wages but then go and pay a transfer fee and think that's better because the player is on lower wages. 

“Maybe they think every player is going to start asking for more, but only the players who are worth it will do that and if they’re not worth it, you let them go.

“If he wants to stay at Chelsea, they should pay him, but it might be too late now because if a foreign club wanted him, they’ve already done the deal.”

Conor Gallagher Praise

Allardyce was effusive in his praise of another Chelsea player, Conor Gallagher, who he coached during the midfielder’s loan spell at West Bromwich Albion last season.

Gallagher is on loan once again this season and is impressing at Crystal Palace – another of Allardyce’s former clubs.

The 21-year-old is the Eagles’ top scorer this season with seven goals in 19 Premier League games, while he also has three assists.

Allardyce is certain that, even if he is not given a chance at parent club Chelsea, Gallagher will make his way into the starting line-up of an English top flight team.

“If [Gallagher] is not in the Chelsea team [next season], then [he’ll be in] somebody else’s Premier League team,” he said. 

“I left out much more mature players than Conor [at West Bromwich Albion], purely and simply because of the fact that he was talented. 

“He lacked a little bit of experience but gave his all to the team, in possession and out of possession. 




“That time period must have been extremely difficult for him at 19. It's difficult for a mature pro, getting beat more than winning or drawing. And for him, he just kept going and kept going. 

“I think that experience for him, getting relegated, would have helped his development. 

“Sometimes a really bad experience is better than a really good one and that looks like it may be the case for him, because he looks like he’s gone to Palace – who are clearly a better team – and his experience from last year has developed his game, along with Patrick's [Vieira] idea of where he's going to play.  

“He didn’t show too much in terms of goals and assists at West Brom, probably because of the lack of chances we created. 

“I'm very, very pleased for him. The lad deserves everything he gets by his attitude, the way he plays. 

“A young British player, already with an England debut; if Chelsea is not his future, then somewhere in the Premier League will be. 

“As long as he's getting first-team football – whether it's Chelsea or whether it's Crystal Palace or whoever might consider buying him, if Chelsea want to sell him – then he will only develop and get better and better.”

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