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.
#Kovac über @JB17Official: „Wenn am Ende der Transferperiode noch etwas passieren kann, passiert es vielleicht auch. Aber ich gehe jetzt erstmal davon aus, dass nichts passiert. Bin froh, dass er das heute sehr gut überstanden hat und dass wir gesund aus dem Spiel gegangen sind.“— Philipp Kessler (@kessler_philipp) August 18, 2018
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.
#Kovac zur Nicht-Nominierung von @BastiRudy:„Ich habe im Moment 19 gesunde Feldspieler, musste drei zuhause lassen, zwei sind verletzt. Da hat es Renato, James und Sebastian getroffen. Das ist so. Ich weiß nicht, was morgen oder übermorgen passiert. Ich kann nichts dazu sagen.“— BILD FC Bayern (@BILD_Bayern) August 18, 2018
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.