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Niko Kovac talks potential Boateng, Rudy transfers after win over Dorchtersen/Assel

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We hear from the boss on the Boateng and Rudy transfer fronts.

SV Drochtersen-Assel v Bayern Muenchen - DFB Cup
DROCHTERSEN, GERMANY - AUGUST 18: Head coach Niko Kovac of Bayern Muenchen looks on prior to the DFB Cup first round match between SV Drochtersen-Assel and Bayern Muenchen at Kehdinger Stadion on August 18, 2018 in Drochtersen, Germany.
SV Drochtersen-Assel v Bayern Muenchen - DFB Cup DROCHTERSEN, GERMANY - AUGUST 18: Head coach Niko Kovac of Bayern Muenchen looks on prior to the DFB Cup first round match between SV Drochtersen-Assel and Bayern Muenchen at Kehdinger Stadion on August 18, 2018 in Drochtersen, Germany.
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After Bayern Munich’s hard-fought 1-0 victory in the DFB-Pokal over Drochtersen-Assel, Niko Kovac addressed the transfer rumors of both Jerome Boateng and Sebastian Rudy, both of whom have been linked with moves away from Bayern in recent weeks.

During the post-match press conference alongside Drochtersen/Assel manager Enrico Maaßen, Niko Kovac was asked about potential transfers, as the window remains open until the end of the month. Boateng and Rudy have both been entertained the idea of leaving Bayern; Boateng with Paris Saint-Germain, and Rudy with either RB Leipzig or Schalke.

While Kovac cleverly skirted around answering the questions directly, he made it seem as if the chances of Boateng staying were a lot stronger than Rudy’s. Concerning Boateng, Kovac was refreshed to see his center-back complete 90 minutes and doesn’t believe that a move will take place before the window closes:

If something can still happen at the end of the transfer window, perhaps it will happen. But I am assuming at present that nothing will happen. I’m happy that he made it through today very well and that we come away out of the game healthy.

As for Rudy, Kovac sounded slightly less optimistic about keeping hold of him, as the midfielder was left out of the squad to face Drochtersen/Assel for non-injury related reasons:

At the moment, I have 19 healthy field players, had to leave three at home, two are injured. This time it was Renato, James, and Sebastian. That’s how it is. I don’t know what will happen tomorrow or the day after. I can’t say anything about that.

It was also just a few days ago after Bayern’s friendly against Hamburg when Kovac said he would not put any obstacles in the way of Rudy leaving the club.

While nothing is concrete yet, it looks increasingly likely that Rudy will opt to leave and Boateng will wind up staying. Losing Rudy could prove to be a bit of a conundrum regarding the #6 defensive midfielder position, but Kovac has already expressed his confidence that the 6 role could be split between Javi Martinez, Thiago Alcantara, and Corentin Tolisso.