CHELSEA star Antonio Rudiger would reportedly only consider a move to Manchester United if he spoke to the new permanent manager first.
Rudiger’s contract with the Blues expires in June and it seems highly unlikely he will be extended given the club’s financial woes after outgoing owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the British government.
According to Bild’s Christian Falk, the centre-back will not make any decisions about his future ahead of the west Londoners’ Champions League quarter-finals against Real Madrid.
Real Madrid are also interested in the 29-year-old but a return to the Bundesliga looks unlikely as Bayern Munich believe he is too old for a hefty paycheck.
United want to bolster their defense but they would need to find a new manager first if they are to sign the Germany international.
Falk tweeted: “[Rudiger] will not make a decision before the games against[Real Madrid] about his future.
“On the one hand, he hopes that the difficult situation at[Chelsea]will be cleaned up. On the other hand: Real is still interested.”
He added: “A decision about a future of [Rudiger] at [United] is difficult. Rüdiger would like to speak to the new coach beforehand…”
And he Posted: “That’s not true [Bayern] is still interested [Rudiger].
“The bosses think he’s too old for such an investment. For a transfer, he would have to lower his salary requirements.”
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Currently, Ajax manager Erik ten Hag is the favorite to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the dugout if Ralf Rangnick moves up to an adviser role.
Ten Hag is among United’s top targets alongside Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has also been touted after Abramovich’s assets were frozen due to Russia’s unjust invasion of Ukraine and his alleged ties to President Vladimir Putin.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4972057/antonio-rudiger-manchester-united-chelsea-real-madrid/ Antonio Rudiger ‘wants to discuss transfer’ with new Man Utd manager as Chelsea defender considers quitting on a free deal