Bayern Munich are currently in talks with Chelsea over Rudiger move ahead of next season
The Bundesliga champions are the latest club to have registered an interest in Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger, according to Goal; confirmed by Spox.
A tussle over the contract of the Germany international is also being watched by PSG and Real Madrid.
According to Goal, the European heavyweights are monitoring the situation of Rudiger, who has yet to sign a contract extension with Chelsea and whose current term ends next summer.
Although the Bavarians have spoken to Sahr Senesie, Rudiger’s agent and brother, they are still in the basic stages of negotiations.
Assuming Niklas Sule decides to leave the Allianz Arena in the summer of 2019, Julian Nagelsmann’s side sees the 28-year-old as a suitable successor.
Sule, like Rudiger, has a contract expiring at the end of the season, and he has put extension negotiations on hold since he has not yet decided whether or not he wants to stay with the Bundesliga champion.
However, neither Sule nor Bayern are in a rush, and Nagelsmann has been happy with the player’s progress and believes that the team will not require the acquisition of another central defender if Sule decides to stay.
“I’m generally not a big fan of talking about players who are under contract elsewhere, and besides, we’re outside the transfer period,” Nagelsmann told a press conference when asked about Rudiger.
“I’m talking about him now as a football fan because he is a German senior international. He has made a super development. Thomas [Tuchel] has handled him extremely well – he was still on the sidelines at Chelsea a year ago and is now certainly one of their most decisive players.
“He has incredibly good aggression and is a very good defender. I haven’t spoken to Brazzo (Hasan Salihamidzic) about it and if I did, I wouldn’t tell you either! 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!”
Chelsea and Rudiger are in contact about extending his contract, but the Blues are wary of his expectations.
The athlete, for one, is pleased to remain in London, but he also realises that, at his age, his next contract may be his only opportunity to earn significant money.
To top it all off, Tuchel regards the German defender as a crucial component of his squad, giving Rudiger leverage in any deal negotiations.
“The fact that I didn’t renew my contract when I was sitting in the stands is surely only logical for everyone,” Rudiger said in an interview with SID.
“When I started playing regularly again, I wanted to wait and see how everything would develop here. As I had announced, after the long Champions League season and the European Championship, the first talks took place after I returned to training with Chelsea.
“So this is less than two months ago and for me, this will be the most important decision of my professional career, so I won’t rush into anything. Personally, I haven’t spoken to any other club than Chelsea.”
If negotiations with Chelsea go through, Rudiger will have plenty of other clubs to choose from, considering the number of teams keeping tabs on him.
Meanwhile, the Blues are still interested in Sevilla defender Jules Kounde and might make an offer for the 22-year-old Frenchman in the January transfer window.