Club chief denies interest in key Chelsea player despite their manager's statement

Bayern Munich’s Hasan Salihamidzic has played down Julian Nagelsmann’s recent comments about their potential interest in Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

A few days ago, Bayern manager Nagelsmann described Rudiger (via Goal) as a “very good defender” with an “incredibly good aggression”.

About the potential opportunity to sign the defender amid his contract situation at Chelsea, Nagelsmann added: “I haven’t spoken to Brazzo (Hasan Salihamidzic) about it and if I did, I wouldn’t tell you either!

“I just read that in the media as well. I’ll have to see when the contract expires and then I’ll see if I still have money in my wallet!”

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Rudiger himself has recently denied any contact with other clubs amid rumours about his potential free-transfer exit from Chelsea.

It does not change anything about the current situation, though, that he is in the final year of his contract at Chelsea and yet to agree to a new deal.

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Bayern ‘well-staffed’ in centre-back positions

Interestingly, Bayern sporting director Salihamidzic has recently come out and insisted that they are not in the market for a new centre-back at the moment.

“It’s not okay when we talk about players of other clubs,” the former Bayern defender told DAZN (via Sky Germany).

“Julian said that about him in the press conference, but he is a coach who sees quite a lot of players – so why shouldn’t he evaluate an international and talk about his strengths.

“[FC Bayern is] really well-staffed in centre-back positions.

“We have strengthened ourselves very well and brought in a top player in [Dayot] Upamecano.

“Lucas Hernandez is there, Tanguy Nianzou is there, Benjamin Pavard can also play inside – we are really very, very well staffed.”

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This could be good news for Chelsea, who are reportedly still in negotiation over a new contract with Rudiger.

As a Germany international, the prospect of returning to his homeland and playing for the Bundesliga reigning champions might be too attractive for Rudiger to turn down, especially if they could offer him a significant pay rise.

Bayern are not the only club monitoring Rudiger’s contract situation, however, according to a report from Goal, which also mentioned the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain among interested parties.

So at this point, it remains unclear whether the former AS Roma defender will stay beyond this season, even if Bayern were not in the race.

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