Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger doubles down on transfer stance amid Bayern Munich links
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Antonio Rudiger has insisted that he is fully focused on performing well for Chelsea amid reports linking him with a summer move to Bayern Munich. The 28-year-old has emerged as one of Thomas Tuchel’s most important players during the latter’s 10-month period in charge of the Blues.
Rudiger formed part of the Chelsea back three that conceded just twice in last season’s Champions League knockout stages on their way to European glory.
The German defender has maintained his regular place in the side this time around, playing 90 minutes in all but one of Chelsea’s league matches since the beginning of the campaign.
However, he appears to be facing an uncertain future at Stamford Bridge with the January transfer window rapidly approaching.
Chelsea have been locked in talks to extend Rudiger’s current deal for a number of months but have failed to strike an agreement as of yet.
He will be a free agent at the end of the season as things stand, with the former Roma man able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club at the turn of the year.
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Bayern are reportedly keeping a close eye on Rudiger’s situation in west London and have been tipped to launch a move for his services when January rolls around.
However, the man himself has declared that he is yet to be worried by the ongoing speculation over his future.
“For now I am only concentrating on what is happening right now,” Rudiger told Welt am Sonntag. “I owe that to the club, the coach and the team.”
When quizzed on a potential move to the Bundesliga ahead of next season, he replied: “I’m currently only focused on Chelsea. We’ll see what happens.”
It remains to be seen whether Chelsea will eventually be able to secure Rudiger’s long-term future, with a number of Blues defenders set to become free agents at the end of the current season.
The contracts of Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva will also expire in the summer if they are not tied down to new deals over the coming months.
Meanwhile, Tuchel recently insisted that he is not losing any sleep over Rudiger’s situation but urged the defender to stay in order to help the club achieve further success over the coming years.
“It’s between the club and the player’s agent,” the Chelsea boss told reporters in September.
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“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.
“So give things time. Sometimes it needs a bit longer, sometimes things get very fast. There’s no news from my side.
“I think Toni feels very, very good at Chelsea. He feels respect from his team-mates, he feels the importance he has in the team.
“It’s well deserved because he delivers. He feels the love from the supporters. He plays in the strongest league in Europe and in a big club, so not many reasons to change.
“But it’s in good hands. I’m calm and relaxed, whatever has to happen will happen.”
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