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

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

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.

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"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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"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.

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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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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.

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

Daniel Marland
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