Antonio Rudiger responds to Bayern Munich interest

Anthony Rudiger of Chelsea againsr Leicester City in Premier League

The Chelsea defender is in the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has become a key cog in the defence since Thomas Tuchel took over.

The German defender has re-established himself as one of the best players in his position and played a key role in Blues winning the Champions League title last team.

Rudiger is beginning to attract interest from Europe’s top clubs, with his contract expiring next summer.

Bayern Munich have reportedly shown interest in recruiting the 28-year-old alongside Spanish giants Real Madrid.

The Premier League club are in a contract standstill with Rudiger, as he has reportedly rejected their latest offer.

Now, Rudiger has addressed the speculation over his future, stating that he is honoured to receive attention from Bayern Munich but feels happy to continue with Chelsea.

Rudiger said (h/t The Sun): “My future? I feel good at Chelsea, where I am now, so that fits.

“FC Bayern interest honours me because that shows that I’ve done a few things right recently.”

Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann refused to speak about the club’s interest in Rudiger but heaped praises on his revival under Tuchel.

Nagelsmann said: “In principle, I am no fan of talking about players who are under contract with other clubs while we are outside the transfer window.

“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.

“But now, he is one of the most important members of their defence. He has an 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.”

Like Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva are in the final year of their contract at Stamford Bridge.