Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger has just nine months left on his Chelsea contract
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has flirted with the prospect of joining Bayern Munich as his current deal has just nine months remaining, meaning he could sign a pre-agreement in January.
Rudiger, 28, has been a key part of the Chelsea contingent for four seasons now, and is arguably the best he has ever been as he enters his fifth term in west London.
The Stuttgart-born defender signed from Roma in 2017 for a fee of £29million, and was a mainstay in the first two seasons of his tenure at Stamford Bridge.
The arrival of Frank Lampard was somewhat detrimental to his career, with the defender only making 39 appearances from a possible 76 in the Premier League as Chelsea faltered under their former legend.
But the introduction of new boss and fellow countryman Thomas Tuchel has seen Rudiger’s game time increase, with the defender playing a vital part in their Champions League triumph last season and their Premier League campaign this season.
Yet after not signing a new contract whilst Lampard sporadically used him, this could come back to haunt the Blues with the German’s contract expiring in just nine months – and he has acknowledged the interest of German giants Bayern Munich.
Rudiger has been linked with a move to Bayern in the last few weeks given their tendency to sign German players on free transfers and the Bavarian club’s ability to offer Rudiger a pre-contract agreement at the turn of the new year.
The 47-time Germany international offered his current loyalty to Chelsea when asked about his future, but refused to say no to interest from Bayern.
“My future? I feel good at Chelsea where I am now, so that fits,” Rudiger said to the press whilst on international duty.
“FC Bayern interest honours me because that shows that I’ve done a few things right recently.
“But I don’t let myself be distracted. I have an obligation to my club to perform well.
“I have to prove myself every game and not let myself be distracted by rumours.”