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Chelsea tracking Stuttgart defender Rudiger

Stuttgart defender Antonio Rudiger is being watched by Chelsea.

The Daily Star Sunday says the centre-half, 21, was a summer target for West Ham but a combination of a £7million asking price and the player's determination to join a top club meant any deal was put on hold.

Rudiger is being touted as an up-and-coming defender of great promise and his valuation makes him more attractive than the likes of Raphael Varane, 21, at Real Madrid, who would now cost about £40m.John Terry, 33, is coming to the end of his career, while Branislav Ivanovic is nearly 31.

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