Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool have all made excellent starts to the Premier League season and Rio Ferdinand has named the best centre-back in the country
Rio Ferdinand has named the best centre-back in the Premier League – and it is neither Ruben Dias or Virgil van Dijk.
The Manchester United legend was speaking to his YouTube channel and gave some thoughts on his old position.
Several clubs are looking to push forward and stake a claim as potential Premier League champions this season,
Chelsea are top of the table after beating Spurs 3-0 at the weekend and one defender caught the eye of Ferdinand.
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Antonio Rudiger is now one of the first names on the team sheet after a major in defence for the Blues.
The Germany international was on the scoresheet against Tottenham in their 3-0 win and Ferdinand was full of praise.
However, Chelsea are in a sticky situation with the centre-back’s contract expiring at the end of the season.
He said: “Since Tuchel has come I think he’s arguably been the best centre-back. I think him and Dias would have been close but the effect he has had on his team has been immense.
“Under Frank [Lampard] , it was evident he wasn’t 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’s hard to perform at that level.”
Rudiger will see his contract expire at the end of the season and is yet to come close to agreeing a new one.
That means the Germany international could be on his way out next summer when his terms expire.
There has been strong interest in his services including from the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
But Tuchel is desperate to see the defender hang around for longer with the him becoming such an important member of the squad.
“I hope that they find solutions, but it’s not only between coaches and players, and what we wish for and that’s why it’s between the club, the players and the agent at the moment,” he said.
“We hope that they find the solution and everything I can say, he plays excellent, and since a long time very consistent, on a very high level.
“I feel him very calm and focused, and it’s not a distraction for him. So everything is in place, and give things the time they need. Sometimes it needs a bit longer, sometimes things are very fast.
“There’s no news from my side, and I think that Toni feels very, very good at Chelsea, he feels very respected by his team-mates and he feels the importance that he has in the team and in the squad.
“That’s well deserved because he delivers, he feels the love from the supporters when he plays. He’s in the strongest league in Europe, in a big club, so not many reasons to change that.”