Bayern Munich ‘can DOUBLE Antonio Rudiger’s £5m-per-year Chelsea wage’ – but centre back wants to STAY at Stamford Bridge if they will up his pay from contract that expires in summer
Bayern Munich are reportedly able to double the wages Antonio Rudiger earns at Chelsea, but the Germany defender would prefer to stay with the European champions.
The 28-year-old has entered the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge but has yet to agree a new deal amid intense speculation linking him with the German champions.
Bayern are believed to have already contacted Rudiger’s agent and brother Sahr Senesie and BILD now claim they could ‘easily’ offer the £10million (€12m) wages the Germany international is demanding.
Bayern Munich are reportedly able to double Antonio Rudiger’s wages that he earns at Chelsea
But BILD also add the Germany international feels settled in London and wants to stay
That figure is currently double the £5m (€10m) he earns in west London, where the report claims the ex-Stuttgart centre-back would prefer to stay because he feels very much at home at the club and in London.
Rudiger is believed to earn in the region of £100,000 per week at Chelsea, which among the defenders is only beaten by full-backs Cesar Azpilicueta and Ben Chilwell on £150,000 and £190,000 a week.
But should he move to Bayern and pick up the £10m pay packet, he would reportedly become their eighth best-paid player, with Lucas Hernandez the only defender who would earn more than him.
The centre-back is free to talk to foreign clubs when the January transfer window opens, providing he does not agree and sign an extension with Thomas Tuchel’s men before then.
Bayern could ‘easily’ double Rudiger’s wages to the £10m he is demanding, the report claims
But the Germany centre-back insisted last week he ‘owes’ it to the Blues to ignore rumours about his future.
‘For now I am only concentrating on what is happening right now. I owe that to the club, the coach and the team,’ he told Welt am Sonntag while on international duty with Germany.
Asked about a potential return to the Bundesliga, Rudiger was straight-batted: ‘I’m currently only focused on Chelsea. We’ll see what happens.’
The German has been a revelation at Chelsea since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival and was instrumental in their Champions League success by being an integral part of their rock-solid defence.
His contract situation has caught the eye of several top-flight suitors, including Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Manchester City and Real Madrid.
Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann heaped praise on him back in September, calling him a ‘decisive player’ and joking that he would ‘see if I still have money in my wallet’ if and when Rudiger’s deal is allowed to expire.
But Rudiger feels comfortable playing under Thomas Tuchel (above) in west London
‘He has incredibly good aggression and is a very good defender,’ Nagelsmann said. ‘I haven’t spoken to Brazzo (sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic) about it and if I did, I wouldn’t tell you either!’
For his part, Rudiger graciously accepted Nagelsmann’s praise as ‘an honour’ but again reaffirmed his commitment to Chelsea right now.
‘Of course, I’m honoured by [Bayern’s interest] and it proves that I’ve been doing things right,’ said Rudiger at a press conference. ‘But I won’t let myself become distracted.
‘I have an obligation to my club to perform well. I have to prove myself in every game and not let myself be distracted by rumours.
‘I feel good at Chelsea where I am now, so that suits me.’
Rudiger has been a key member under Tuchel and helped win the Champions League last year