Rio Ferdinand, Man Utd has described Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger as the best centre-back in the Premier League.
Rudiger has stood out since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel to Chelsea in January.
Ferdinand declared this before Chelsea clashed with Aston Villa in Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
Rudiger alonside Ruben Dias, Man City’s centre-back, have been the standout defenders in the Premier League during the last year.
However, Rudiger’s impression on his teammates edeges out Dias and thus emerges the best in the English top-flight league. Ferdinand asserted.
“Since Tuchel has come, I think he’s [Rudiger] arguably been the best centre-back,” Ferdinand was quoted by Metro UK as saying.”
“I think him and Dias would have been close, but t he effect he has had on his team has been immense.”
“Under Frank [Lampard], it was evident he was not Frank’s cup of tea. He didn’t really like him. There were rumours they were trying to put him in the market to be sold.”
“In Germany, he’s always been highly thought of. But when the manager doesn’t rate you and you can feel that, I don’t care who you are, your confidence takes a beating and it is hard to perform at that level.”
The Germany International’s contract with Chelsea is currently running till the end of the summer.
Hence, his negotiations with the board over contract extension as Tuchel eager to keep him at the club.