Bayern chief explains Rudiger interest

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Bayern Munich has been massively linked with Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, who has had a wonderful time at Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel.

Rudiger is now been seen as one of the best centre-backs in the world following his top performance under the German coach. However, the future of Rudiger remains an issue as he’s in the final year of his contract with the club.

Rudiger is so far yet to put pen to paper on a new deal, and at 28, this should be his last biggest paycheck as a footballer.

Bayern are rumoured to be keen on the Germany international and Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann recently spoke about the Chelsea star.

However, Bayern’s sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic has opted against speaking about the Chelsea centre-back to the media.

When asked about potentially signing Rudiger, he told DAZN: “It’s not okay when we talk about players who are at other clubs.

“Julian is a coach who sees quite a lot of players – so why shouldn’t he evaluate an international and talk about his strengths.

“Bayern are really well-staffed at centre-back. We have strengthened ourselves very well and brought in a top player in Upamecano; Lucas Hernandez is there, Tanguy Nianzou is there, Benjamin Pavard can also play inside – we are really very, very well staffed.

“We (he and Nagelsmann) have had very little time; I had an appointment today on Friday. We didn’t see each other for that long, but we talk a lot about players – sure.”

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