Bayern Munich have begun preliminary talks to sign Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer next summer as discussions over a new Chelsea contract continue to drag out.
Rudiger, who’s contract at Stamford Bridge runs out at the end of this season, has been a mainstay in the Chelsea defence so far this season, helping them to an unbeaten start to the new campaign.
Bayern are hoping to convince Rudiger that moving back to Germany would be the right decision for him to make should he choose to leave at the end of the season, according to Goal.
While talks are at a very early stage, they have begun, with Bayern getting in touch with Rudiger’s agent Sahr Senesie.
Speaking last week, Thomas Tuchel admitted that he believes there are very few reasons why Rudiger would want to leave the club.
“I hope that they find solutions, but it’s not only between coaches and players, and what we wish for and that’s why it’s between the club, the players and the agent at the moment, he told a press conference before the Premier League win over Tottenham.
“We hope that they find the solution and everything I can say, he plays excellent, and since a long time very consistent, on a very high level.
“I feel him very calm and focused, and it’s not a distraction for him. So everything is in place, and give things the time they need. Sometimes it needs a bit longer, sometimes things are very fast.