Per a report in Abendzeitung, VfB Stuttgart is among the teams ready to swoop in should Bayern Munich choose to sell or loan out some of its midfield wealth. The target of this report is Sebastian Rudy, who played in his youth days at Stuttgart.
Sebastian Rudy, who only moved from Hoffenheim to Munich last summer, could leave the record champions after only one season and return to his youth club, VfB Stuttgart. VfB board member Michael Reschke did not want to comment on rumors about a commitment of the 28-year-old in kicker - but he also did not deny it.
Rudy, who has fully embraced the team and culture in Munich, got off to a stellar start under Carlo Ancelotti, but has struggled to find a role and consistent field time under Jupp Heynckes.
Rudy has also been solid of late, however, and has enough talent that he would likely walk on to the roster of any other Bundesliga team and be in the starting XI. As we covered last month, Rudy has bought into the team aspect of his role with out complaint.
Rudy, who has three assists and been booked for three yellow cards in all competitions for Bayern, has mostly seen playing time at the same defensive midfield position where Heynckes favorite, Javi Martinez, is entrenched. In addition to Rudy and Martinez, Thiago Alcantara, Arturo Vidal, and Corentin Tolisso, along with with newcomer Leon Goretzka, are all expected to be in competition for playing time at the 6 and 8 spots next season barring any moves.
Depending on any pending transfers or signings, the competition at midfield - and just about everywhere else on the Bayern roster - should be fierce next season.