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Rudiger is out of contract at the end of the season and linked with a summer exit from Stamford Bridge, despite remaining a key part of Thomas Tuchel’s plans.
The 28-year-old German centre-back is free to speak with clubs outside of England from January and sign a pre-contract agreement ahead of a potential summer move.
Madrid are considered the favourites to land Rudiger on a free transfer and are prepared to offer him an eye-watering salary -- matching the wages of Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt.
Rudiger has also attracted interest from Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, with Chelsea pushing for the Blues defender to sign a new deal.
Sahr Senesie, who is Rudiger’s brother and agent, has been locked in talks with Madrid’s hierarchy over the Chelsea star’s future.
Hazard has been plagued with injuries since his move to Madrid in 2019 and is no longer considered part of Carlo Ancelotti’s plans going forward.
Los Blancos splashed out an initial £89m to land the 30-year-old Belgian winger, with a fee that could potentially exceed £150m through add-ons.
Hazard, who is under contract until 2024, has only managed to score five times and pick up nine assists in 55 appearances at Madrid.
The Madrid flop has been linked with Everton, West Ham, Newcastle and Chelsea, with Los Blancos reportedly dropping their asking price for Hazard.
Chelsea manager Tuchel remains confident that Madrid target Rudiger will sign a new contract and urged for “patience” amid talks between both sides.
The Blues, who are third in the Premier League, will host Everton at Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening.
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