Bayern distance themselves from Rudiger move

27 September 2021 20:30:40 GMTPlus11
Bayern downplay Rudiger swoop

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have distanced themselves from a move for Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

Bayern are back in Champions League action on Wednesday and are 1/12 to build on their 3-0 win over Barcelona by beating Dynamo Kiev. The Ukranians are 25/1 to cause a shock at the Allianz Arena, while the draw is available at 10/1.

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Rudiger has been in fine form for the Blues under their revitalisation under Thmas Tuchel, even though they lost 1-0 to title rivals Manchester City on Saturday.

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However, the German international's contract at Stamford Bridge expires this summer and there are reports that he is stalling on signing a new deal.

Salihamidzic downplays deal

New Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann spoke last week about his admiration for the 28-year-old who has played 47 times for his country, but sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic moved quickly to pour water on the speculation, especially as the club allowed Nagelsmann to bring Dayot Upamecano with him when he joined the club in the summer.

Salihamidzic said: "It's not OK when we talk about players who are with other clubs.

"Julian said that about him in the press conference, but he's a coach who sees a lot of players - so why shouldn’t he rate an international and speak about his strengths?

"We are really well equipped in the centre-back position.

"We have strengthened ourselves very well and brought in a top player in Dayot Upamecano.

"Lucas Hernandez is here, Tanguy Nianzou is there and Benjamin Pavard can also play inside. We really are very, very well staffed."

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