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“We can’t fight anymore” – Thomas Tuchel confirms Antonio Rudiger will leave Chelsea

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Thomas Tuchel has affirmed Toni Rudiger’s choice to leave Chelsea – letting it be known will be an immense task to replace the centre back.

The Germany international has dismissed an agreement worth £230,000 per week, which would have made him the highest-paid defender in the club’s set of experiences.

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He is supposed to finish a transfer to Real Madrid in the mid year, when he will end up being a free agent.

Tuchel said: “The situation is that he wants to leave the club. He informed me of this is in a private talk.

“We gave everything – me and the club – but we could not fight anymore because of the sanctions. Without the sanctions we would at least be able to carry on fighting, but our hands are tied. We don’t take it personally. It is his decision.”

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Tuchel conceded Rudiger’s departure is a gigantic blow and illustrated the issues Chelsea face to replace him.

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“At the moment, it is not possible because of the sanctions,” he said. “And even when the sanctions are in the past, it will be incredibly difficult.

“Toni is what he is. He is a big personality, a big leader, he takes the fear away from other people, gives you confidence when he is next to you, and has played 50-60 matches over 90 minutes with incredible consistency.

“So it will be challenging, but like always, no matter how much I love Toni and how big a role he played, there will be Chelsea without Toni Rudiger and we will find solutions.

“I fought hard on a personal level and we’ve had this kind of connection from day one. He deserves my full support because he delivered incredible performances, so reliable. So it was a give and take.

“I know he is very aware of it and I am just happy to have had the chance to coach him and have him in the team because he was nothing but brilliant until today. The club did as well, we had big offers for him and the club tried everything. But for some weeks, we can’t fight anymore because of the sanctions. We could not adjust or continue, so it is what it is.”

Source: EveningStandard

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‘That is what they didn’t do’ – Erik explains what his boys failed to do at Brentford loss

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'That is what they didn't do' - Erik explains what his boys failed to do at Brentford loss

Talking his disappointment at Manchester United’s 4-0 misfortune to Brentford this Saturday, Erik ten Hag said in his post-match interview: “Difficult for me and a surprise. The team has to take the responsibility and I feel sorry for the fans, we let them down.

“I asked them [the players] to play with belief and take responsibility, that is what they didn’t do.

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“Only when we stick together we will overcome it — don’t get me wrong, the manager is the main responsibility and I take that but I have to give them belief and they have to get it by themselves.

“Mistakes are part of football, you have to keep going but you have [to] especially act — It [three subs at half-time] was about bringing fresh ones. I could have changed all eight others as well.”

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Ten Hag has plainly not kept down in his evaluation and United just have themselves to fault for this wreck.

The Red Devils are currently winless in their first two Premier League games, having conceded six goals as of now.

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Source: Sky Sports

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Man Utd reach all agreement on personal conditions for Adrien Rabiot

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Man Utd reach all agreement on personal conditions for Adrien Rabiot
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As per RMC Sport writer Sacha Tavolieri, a level two source, Manchester United have agreed with Veronique Rabiot based on personal conditions for her son Adrien.

United have previously settled on an exchange with Juventus and were just trusting that Rabiot will green-light the arrangement.

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The 27-year-old was reportedly demanding a pay rise, a regular place in the starting XI and a signing-on bonus to move to Old Trafford. It’s unclear if United have agreed to all those demands.

Director of Football John Murtough flew to Italy on Friday to meet with Veronique and Adrien. It looks like the meeting was successful after all.

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Rabiot is expected to sign a contract till 2026 and will be in Manchester next week to complete his medical.

Source: Sacha Tavolieri @ Twitter | Tribuna

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SPOTTED! Fofana possibly saying goodbye to Leicester fans after Arsenal defeat

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Fofana possibly saying goodbye to Leicester fans after Arsenal loss

Wesley Fofana has been spotted heading toward Leicester City fans after the 4-2 defeat to Arsenal.

He was the first player to do as such while others were talking and swapping shirts. Solely after that, the rest of the team joined him.

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It is accepted that the player might have said his farewell to Leicester supporters. The middle back is overall intensely connected with Chelsea.

What’s more, Todd Boehly apparently was at the Emirates during the game.

The Blues could land the 21-year-old in the coming weeks.

Source: Tribuna

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