Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has spoken out on his future at Stamford Bridge alongside transfer-linked Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann.
Rudiger, 28, has entered the final year of his contract with the Blues, but an extension does not appear to be near. As a result, links to a move across Europe in the coming months have recently emerged.
While Tottenham would have interests, the center-back may be able to settle a transfer to a foreign club faster – and at no cost.
Indeed, Rudiger will be free to seal a pre-contract agreement with a European party in January.
The Germany international has seen a resurgence in recent times under compatriot Thomas Tuchel. Losing it in any way would be a big blow, but even more so on a free transfer.
Likewise, his next contract will be the last big of his career, taking him into his early thirties.
Talk to SID (Going through Sky Germany), Rudiger said: “For me this will now be the most important decision of my professional career.”
However, he added: “I haven’t spoken to any club other than Chelsea.”
As for their potential transfer contenders, Bayern are said to be among the European clubs keeping an eye on Rudiger’s situation.
Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are also keeping an eye on him.
Still, Bayern boss Nagelsmann kept his cards close to his chest during a transfer when talking about Rudiger.
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“I don’t like to talk about players under contract with another club, I haven’t spoken to Brazzo [director Hasan Salihamidzic] about that again, and if I had, I wouldn’t tell you! Said the director.
“I just read this in the media too. I’ll have to see when the contract expires and then I’ll see if I still have any money in my wallet.
Bayern recently added to their defensive line with former RB Leipzig center-back Dayot Upamecano.
But interestingly, like Chelsea, they also have a star center-back they would like to tie up. Niklas Sule’s contract expires next summer, like Rudiger’s.
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