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Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann responds to Antonio Rudiger transfer links

Rudiger is in the final year of his Chelsea contract and Bayern Munich are reportedly interested in signing the German defender next summer, alongside Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid

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Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann has responded to transfer links with Chelsea ‘s Antonio Rudiger.

The Blues defender’s contract expires in June 2022 and talks over a new deal at Stamford Bridge are said to be at a stand-off.

Goal recently reported that Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are eyeing the German but Bayern have been in contact with Rudiger’s agent and brother, Sahr Senesie.

The Bundesliga champions’ boss was asked about the 28-year-old during a press conference ahead of his side’s trip to Greuther Furth on Friday evening.

Nagelsmann admitted he was a fan of Rudiger and has been impressed by his form under compatriot Thomas Tuchel but maintains he has not been in contact with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic regarding a move next summer.



Nagelsmann has not ruled out a move for Rudiger
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“I haven’t spoken to Brazzo [Salihamidzic] about it and if I did, I wouldn’t tell you either,” the German coach revealed on Thursday.

“I just read that in the media as well. I’ll have to see when the contract expires and then I’ll see if I still have money in my wallet.”

The man in question has also broken his silence, with the centre-back saying per SID News : “For me, this will now be the most important decision of my professional career.

“I have never spoken to any other club than Chelsea.”



Rudiger has become a key player under Tuchel at Chelsea
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Tuchel was recently asked about Rudiger’s future prior to him capping off Blues’ 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

“I hope that they find a solution but it’s not only between coaches and players,” the Chelsea boss explained. “It’s between the club and the player’s agent.

“He plays excellent for a long time – very consistent [and] at a very high level. I feel him very calm, very focused and it’s obviously not a distraction for him.”









He added: “So give things time – sometimes it needs a bit longer, sometimes things get very fast. There’s no news from my side.”

Having played 90 minutes just four times under Frank Lampard in 2020-21 before the Blues legend was sacked, Tuchel immediately put his faith in Rudiger upon his arrival this February.

As part of a three-man back line, the former Roma and Stuttgart man excelled and has earned high praise from some Premier League centre-back greats.

Former Manchester United stalwart Rio Ferdinand recently described Rudiger as the division’s best in his position.







“Since Tuchel has come I think he’s arguably been the best centre-back,” Ferdinand said on his Vibe with FIVE podcast. “I think him and [Ruben] Dias would have been close but the effect he has had on his team has been immense.

“Under Frank, it was evident he wasn’t Frank’s cup of tea. He didn’t really like him. There was rumours they were trying to put him in the market to be sold.”

The player-turned-pundit noted: “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.”


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