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Chelsea Star Is 'Honoured' By Bayern Munich Interest, Fans Are Worried He'll Be Leaving

Daniel Marland


Chelsea Star Is 'Honoured' By Bayern Munich Interest, Fans Are Worried He'll Be Leaving

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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has admitted he's honoured by Bayern Munich's interest - with his contract set to expire this summer.

The 28-year-old has been a standout performer since Thomas Tuchel arrived in January but he's yet to agree terms on a new deal.

A number of clubs have expressed interest and Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann recently admitted he was a big fan.

Rudiger has now responded to those comments while on international duty with Germany and told BILD: "My future? I feel good at Chelsea where I am now, so that fits.

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"FC Bayern interest honours me because that shows that I've done a few things right recently."

Despite these claims, Rudiger's future is reportedly 'wide open' right now.

Nagelsmann said the former Roma man has made 'fantastic' progress throughout 2021.

"In principle I am no fan of talking about players who are under contract with other clubs while we are outside the transfer window," he explained per The Sun.

"But I'm talking about Rudiger as a football fan. He has made fantastic progress.

"Thomas Tuchel has handled him extremely well since taking charge. He was previously on the scrapheap at Chelsea.

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Image Credit: PA

"But now he is one of the most important members of their defence. He has incredibly good fighting spirit, and is a very good defender."

"I always think it's great when a player lives up to his job description - and that is always the case with Toni."

Rudiger has become a key player despite being frozen out by former manager Frank Lampard.

He helped the Blues to Champions League glory last campaign and has started every game so far this season.

The Mirror have reported Rudiger is seeking up to £400,000-per-week from the Blues which will make him their highest-paid player.

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Image Credit: PA

Chelsea have offered Rudiger a new £130,000-per-week deal, but that is significantly lower than highest earner Romelu Lukaku's pay packet.

Lukaku takes home £325,000-per-week and it's thought Rudiger wants to be closer to that margin.

Do you think Antonio Rudiger will leave Chelsea?

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Topics: Chelsea, Football, Transfers, Antonio Rudiger, Premier League, Bayern Munich

Daniel Marland
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