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Sebastian Rudy did not travel with team; career at Bayern may be over

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An omission from the traveling squad could foretell the midfielder’s future in Bavaria.

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With rumors swirling regarding his future, Sebastian Rudy was not included in the Bayern Munich squad that traveled for the DFB Pokal match against Drochtersen/Assel. Instead, Bild ran a story that pictured of Rudy playing what might be his farewell ping pong game against good friend and frequent Mario Kart combatant, Mats Hummels.

Before the final training on Friday, Hummels and Rudy played in the fitness room Table Tennis. One thing is clear: Coach Niko Kovac (46) has suggested a change for Rudy. Schalke and RB Leipzig fight for the central midfielder. BILD learned: Rudy has decided to leave Bavaria. Before he chooses his new club, he still wants to wait for the Cup match on Saturday (15.30 / Sky) at SV Drochtersen / Assel. For him, the last certainty that Kovac is not planning with him in a competitive match.

With the omission from the DFB Pokal match and Niko Kovač’s declaration that Rudy was free to go if he wanted to leave Munich, the immediate speculation has turned toward Rudy’s exit. The 28-year old has been rumored to be in talks with both RB Leipzig and Schalke 04 to continue his career.

Both squads offer Rudy the opportunity for immediate field time and also the chance to face European competition. Die Königsblauen will compete in the Champions League, while Die Roten Bullen is competing in the Europa League.

Rudy’s status on the roster has been in limbo since Carlo Ancelotti left town. With a surplus of midfielders already on the roster, Rudy has not been afforded the opportunity to consistently showcase his talents at Bayern and is likely in need of a change of scenery to rejuvenate his career; including the hope to continue any international aspirations he may have moving forward.