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Chelsea snubbed after holding talks with RB Leipzig defender Marcel Halstenberg

Chelsea have held talks for RB Leipzig defender Marcel Halstenberg.

Sky Deutschland says Chelsea held concrete talks with Halstenberg, with a view to bringing him in as Antonio Rudiger's replacement.

However, Halstenberg, who can play left-back or left centre-back, has instead decided to extent his stay in Germany by putting pen to paper on a new two-year extension, which leaves the Blues exploring other options once again.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel faces a daunting defensive rebuild this summer as Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta all prepare to make way. While a number of big names have been mentioned, one that flew under the radar is Halstenberg.

The 30-year-old is a versatile defender who has been a regular for Leipzig over the past six seasons, despite being struck down by a long-term injury last campaign.

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