Bayern Munich boss breaks silence on club’s move for Antonio Rudiger as Chelsea defender clears air over reported transfer talks

September 24th, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann has broken his silence on reports that the German giants are looking to sign Antonio Rudiger.

The Chelsea defender is out of contract in the summer and the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are reported to be circling in hope of sealing a free transfer.

Rudiger entered talks over his deal following his return from EURO 2020 and Chelsea are keen to extend the deal but, according to football.london, the defender’s demands of £140,000 a week have put the brakes on any potential breakthrough in negotiations.

But the 28-year-old has revealed he hasn’t spoken to any club other than Chelsea thus far about his future. The Germany international had looked destined to leave before Thomas Tuchel arrived at the club as he struggled to earn a place in Frank Lampard’s starting XI.

Nagelsmann was asked about Rudiger in a press conference and was quick to praise the impact of Tuchel.

He said: “I’m generally not a big fan of talking about players who are under contract elsewhere, and besides, we’re outside the transfer period.

“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!”

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