Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger shone in his side’s 1-0 FA Cup final win against Manchester United at Wembley on Saturday, and Blues fans are already excited to see the centre-back in action – potentially under Maurizio Sarri – next season.
The 26-year-old, who earns £90,000-a-week according to TotalSportek, has sometimes struggled for form for the west London outfit in the Premier League and the Champions League this term, but it certainly wasn’t the case against Jose Mourinho’s men in the capital as he dominated against the Red Devils frontline.
Meanwhile, despite the trophy win Antonio Conte’s future as manager of the club is in doubt following a dreadful top flight campaign, with Napoli boss Sarri considered to be one of the frontrunners to replace his fellow Italian if he does go.
Chelsea supporters, who have urged their club on Twitter to sign a 22-year-old Manchester United star following their triumph on Saturday, have been quick to have their say on what the future holds for Rudiger via social media, and while one said “he will be good under Sarri”, another said “just imagine Rudiger under Sarri”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
he will be good under sarri i believe
— Forbes (@Forbes_GG1) May 20, 2018
Just imagine Rudiger under Sarri.
— SexyFootball (@lionwest20) May 19, 2018
Rudiger is a beast. Bakayoko will be too. Giroud was a perfect short term signing especially with Europa next year. That's 3 important players settled in for next year. Emerson on his way too. Transfers not as terrible as they seemed #CFC
— Andy B #GoLeafsGo (@pacesettaCFC) May 20, 2018
Toni rudiger will get so much praise next year. Rated him from his first game, tendancies to slip up at the start of the season but will be one of the best defenders in the league next year. Anyway, up the chels 🏆
— George Bolter (@PorgeBolter) May 20, 2018
Rudiger was 100% our signing of the season. Only improving his game and status in the locker room now, and will surely have a big part to play next season!
— eetu ikola (@Chelsetu) May 19, 2018
Rüdiger has had Rashford & Salah on lock this month. Fair play to him as I wasn’t his biggest fan a season or two ago. Noticed he’s a lot less rash in the tackle these days. Think he’ll establish his spot next season under the new manager
— SJ (@simeonftbl) May 19, 2018
Antonio Rudiger is a beast. Definitely one to watch over the next few years.
— Werewolf Ⓥ (@lumiorfo) May 19, 2018
Antonio Rudiger has been one of our best defenders in 2018, he's been amazing recently. Pocketed Salah back at Stamford Bridge and had a masterclass in a cup final, need to see more of this next season.
— Mod (@CFCMod) May 19, 2018
Rudiger had a strong end to the season. Absolute tank.
Should be immense next season.
— Samuel (@__iSammy) May 19, 2018