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Daily Schmankerl: Sebastian Rudy is wanted; Julian Green helps humble France; and MORE!

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It’s a slow news Sunday, but we’ve put together a little something to get your day going.

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Carlo Ancelotti’s pursuit of Sebastian Rudy heats up (SportBild)

We’ve heard the rumors of Carlo Ancelotti’s desire for a Bayern Munich reunion with Sebastian Rudy, Jerome Boateng, and even James Rodriguez. Heck, we’ve even written about some of them, but with the Bayern roster still a bit overloaded, it looks like Napoli is poised to make a move.

According to Sky Italia the Serie A club wants to bring Rudy to Italy. Coach Ancelotti already knows Rudy from their time together in Munich. Rudy played regularly and had a bigger role under the original, Italian coach than later under Jupp Heynckes. Rudy’s contract in Munich runs until 2020. He came in the summer of 2017 on a free transfer from the TSG Hoffenheim.

Rudy, who will be on his way to Russia with Die Mannschaft shortly, does not appear eager to discuss anything club-related until after his work at the 2018 World Cup is done.

Does that mean farewell again now? Transfer rumors constantly surround the Bayern star. In recent weeks, Rudy has been associated with Inter Milan, FC Schalke and VfB Stuttgart. In response to an inquiry by Bild, Rudy said that he is not pursuing a transfer this summer: “Clubs now and then always have interest. But I’m not focusing on that.” It is also doubtful that the Bayern would let Rudy go this summer; sports director Hasan Salihamidzic has reportedly rejected a sale so far.

Rudy is spending his last hours with his family before leaving for Russia. That dog and that view are great!

Spending time with my family before going #familytime to Russia

Rudy has versatility and experience and could still be very valuable in Munich. It will be interesting to see how this will play out after the World Cup.

Former Bayern man Julian Green strikes against France (ESPN)

Much like Germany’s underwhelming performance against Saudi Arabia, France had difficulty dispatching an experimental United States team and had to settle for a 1-1 draw. The goal scorer for the United States was former Bayern prospect Julian Green, whose rights are currently owned by VfB Stuttgart.

As ESPN reported earlier in the week, VfB Stuttgart is hoping to extend Green’s loan to SpVgg Greuther Fürth (2.Bundesliga), where he made progress over the final months of last season.

The forward, who turns 23 on Wednesday, said last month he was uncertain of his future after his one-year loan with the Shamrocks ended, but Stuttgart sporting executive Michael Reschke said Green could stay with Greuther Furth. ”I’d like to think that we can find a very good solution for all involved,” Reschke said. “And that Julian will stay at Furth.”

In other Bayern-related news from that game, Corentin Tolisso played 32 minutes in the draw for France.

More Allianz Arena updates (@FCBayernEN)

Things are looking pretty...pretty...pretty...pretty good!

Kimmich to Reus to Werner if you missed it (@DFB_Team_EN)

The highlight of Germany’s 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia on Friday was the phenomenal combination goal that started with Joshua Kimmich and was finished by Timo Werner. Marco Reus did a great facilitating in-between.

Niklas Süle has been effective passing in his own half over the last three years (@WhoScored)

We all know Niklas Süle is loaded with potential, but his actual performance has been pretty stellar before he has even reached his peak.

Bayern Munich and Iron Maiden? (@cnyari)

Not sure this jersey is available in the team store.

You don’t mess with #SvenTheWall, he messes with you! (@FCBayernEN)

Sven Ulreich may have done this inadvertently or maybe he harbors a grudge against Arjen Robben! Either way, pretty funny.