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BREAKING: Niko Kovac clears Sebastian Rudy to leave Bayern Munich

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It’s now up to Rudy whether he wants to stay or leave.

Hamburger SV v Bayern Muenchen - Friendly Match
HAMBURG, GERMANY - AUGUST 15: Nico Kovac, head coach of Muenchen looks on during the friendly match between Hamburger SV and Bayern Muenchen at Volksparkstadion on August 15, 2018 in Hamburg, Germany.
Hamburger SV v Bayern Muenchen - Friendly Match HAMBURG, GERMANY - AUGUST 15: Nico Kovac, head coach of Muenchen looks on during the friendly match between Hamburger SV and Bayern Muenchen at Volksparkstadion on August 15, 2018 in Hamburg, Germany.
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Following Bayern Munich’s 4-1 friendly win over Hamburg, Niko Kovac told reporters on Sport1 that Sebastian Rudy is free to leave the club if he wants to. The midfielder has been linked with a potential move to RB Leipzig for a good portion of this summer’s transfer window, and more recently, a move to Schalke after meeting with Domenico Tedesco at the Munich airport.

Specifically, the Sport1 reporter asked Kovac (via Az), “So if I understand this correctly, if Rudy wants to leave you wouldn’t put any obstacles in his way?” Without much hesitation, Kovac simply replied, “yes.”

Additionally, before the match had kicked off, sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic admitted that he had given Rudy the green light to go ahead and meet with Tedesco. When he was asked about the rendezvous, he replied:

That’s okay, I allowed that. And that’s why it’s not a problem.

The Rudy [potential] transfer saga has taken a few sharp twists and turns over the past couple of weeks, but it now looks increasingly likely that he fancies a move to Schalke. It was only a matter of days after the RB Leipzig links had fizzled out that the meeting with Tedesco was reported on. There was only a short window where it looked for sure that Rudy was going to stay with Bayern before the Schalke interest came to fruition.

Now, with both Kovac and Salihamidzic more or less giving Rudy the green light to leave, it seems as if it’s more of a ‘when’ than an ‘if’ now.

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A fight for solid minutes

For Rudy, a move would surely have a lot to do with the amount of playing time he’d be receiving. At Bayern, he has to compete for minutes with Javi Martinez, Thiago Alcantara, James rodriguez, Corentin Tolisso, Leon Goretzka, and Renato Sanches (natural central midfielders). A move to pretty much anywhere other than Bayern would increase his chances of getting solid, starting minutes and Schalke seems to be the next best option for him. This would in turn increase his chances of gaining a strong foothold in the German national team - we all saw just how frustrated he was when he was forced to come off due to a nose injury in the World Cup vs. Sweden.

Germany v Sweden: Group F - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
SOCHI, RUSSIA - JUNE 23: Sebastian Rudy of Germany recats next to head coach Joachim Loew following an injury during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Germany and Sweden at Fisht Stadium on June 23, 2018 in Sochi, Russia.
Rudy throws down his jersey in utter frustration after coming off injured vs. Sweden in the World Cup
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