He described the German defender as a top professional who is proving his professionalism week in week out for the club.
Rudiger’s current contract is due to expire in the summer and he is yet to sign a new deal, while Barkley has been linked with an exit from the club.
“He needs to feel the connection and the trust, he wants to feel it by minutes and actions. He doesn’t need words or pampering. He is a top pro, this is what he proves.
“He is very important, nothing has changed. It’s in good hands,’ Tuchel said of Rudiger,” Tuchel said at his press conference on Friday.”