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Bayern Munich sporting director dismisses link with Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger


Antonio Rudiger is yet to sign a new deal at Chelsea with his current contract expiring next year (Picture: Getty Images)

Bayern Munich are in no need of a centre-back, says sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, despite links with a move for Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

The 28-year-old is out of contract at Stamford Bridge at the end of this season and has been linked with moves to the Bavarian giants and Real Madrid.

Bayern appear to be at the front of the queue to sign the Germany international, and manager Julian Nagelsmann has spoken positively of Rudiger, but Salihamidzic has poured cold water on the speculation.

The former Bayern star says the club is not in need of a centre-back, with plenty of options already available to Nagelsmann in the middle of defence.

‘It’s not okay when we talk about players who are with other clubs,’ Salihamidzic told DAZN, via Goal.

‘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?

Hasan Salihamidzic is distancing Bayern from a Rudiger move (Picture: Getty Images for FC Bayern)

‘We are really well filled 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, Benjamin Pavard can also play inside – we really are very, very well staffed.’

Naglesmann similarly did not want to go into detail on another club’s player, but admitted he has been impressed by the dominant centre-back.

‘I’m not a fan of talking about players under contract at other clubs, and we’re outside the transfer period,’ he told a press conference ahead of Bayern’s Bundesliga clash with Greuther Furth last week.

‘He’s a German international, and is performing very well. Thomas [Tuchel] helped him reach his best level.’

Chelsea are keen to keep hold of Rudiger, with his performances since Thomas Tuchel arrived in January having been extremely impressive, but he is yet to commit and an exit is looking increasingly likely the longer he goes without signing a new deal.


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