Chelsea double twist, as linked star on exit speaks alongside linked coach


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.

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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.”

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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.

Nagelsmann provides update to Bayern and Rudiger

“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.

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“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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