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Sebastian Rudy confirms that he is close to a Bayern Munich exit

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If this saga could just end already, that would be great.

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Having survived its battle with Hoffenheim, it’s time for Bayern Munich to turn its attention to a lingering bit of business in the transfer window. To those Barcelona fans reading this, sorry but this isn’t about Thiago Alcantara. Sebastian Rudy, who joined the Bavarians a year ago on a free transfer, wants to leave the club after finding himself buried on the depth chart. Speaking to kicker on Friday, the German international midfielder said that the chances of him staying were slim.

In case you haven’t been following the rumors closely, here’s a quick rundown:

Why does Rudy want to leave?

Bayern Munich simply have far too many midfielders. With Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez both ahead of him in the pecking order, and the rising stars Leon Goretzka and Corentin Tolisso to contend with, it was never going to be an ideal situation for a player like Sebastian Rudy. His role — best described as a mobile Xabi Alonso — was key under Carlo Ancelotti, but Jupp Heynckes had little use for his skills and Niko Kovac seems to think the same. Facing the prospect of little to no playing time, the ex-Hoffenheim man really has no choice in the matter.

What’s the story so far?

The two clubs linked with him this summer have been Domenico Tedesco’s Schalke and Ralf Rangnick’s (soon to be Julian Nagelsmann’s) RB Leipzig. After a long saga involving these two clubs, it was reported that Leipzig dropped out of the running due to issues with Financial Fair Play. Now, it looks like the Royal Blues are the front-runners in the race to sign Rudy.

What would this transfer mean for the league?

It would be a huge coup for Schalke to get a player of Rudy’s quality and experience, just when they’re returning to the Champions League after a long absence. It’s good for the league when talent stays in the country, instead of either sitting on the bench at Bayern or transferring to the English Premier League.

Hopefully this transfer might signal some newfound ambition in the top clubs of the Bundesliga to improve themselves and challenge Bayern in the league and foreign teams in Europe. While it’s a shame that a German international midfielder can no longer find a spot at Germany’s biggest club, this transfer would be in the interests of everyone involved.