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Rummenigge speaks on Bayern's reported interest in Adeyemi and Rüdiger

By Rune Gjerulff

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has commented on speculation that Bayern München are keen on Karim Adeyemi and Antonio Rüdiger.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.Photo: Michael Lucan, CC-by-SA 3.0

Former Bayern München CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has spoken on reports linking the Bundesliga giants with two German internationals in the shape of RB Salzburg forward Karim Adeyemi and Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rüdiger.

Adeyemi, 19, played for Bayern as a kid, but left their academy in 2012 following a dispute. The German champions had the chance to sign him again three years ago, but he ended up going to Salzburg from SpVgg Unterhaching instead.

"We weren't prepared to pay that much back then. The transfer was supposed to cost around three million, which was a lot for a 16-year-old at the time," Rummenigge told TZ.

"He has developed well. I saw him play for the national team and also watched him at his last Champions League match. He is an interesting player. One has to wait and see what happens. Now you might add a zero to his price compared to back then," he added.

With regard to reports that Bayern are keeping tabs on Antonio Rüdiger, whose Chelsea contract expires this summer, Rummenigge said:

"I don't want to interfere at all when it comes to possible transfer matters at Bayern München. They'll know what to do. I think Bayern München are in good position in central defense right now.

"I also think Bayern München are well-positioned without Rüdiger. Now one has to wait and see what happens with the personnel matters – with [Niklas] Süle, whose contract is expiring, for example. But I don't think Bayern München need to worry about the defense."

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