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In “panic” after Villarreal loss, Bayern Munich made last minute attempt at Chelsea’s Antonio Rüdiger

Too little, too late was not just a Barenaked Ladies song from the 90s.

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One of the primary takeaways from Bayern Munich’s unceremonious exit from the Champions League at the hands of Villarreal was that the squad needed a true leader on defense.

According to Sport Bild journalist Christian Falk (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia), sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic found himself in a “panic” and knew he needed to do something — and fast.

As Falk stated on his “Bayern Insider” podcast, Salihamidzic phoned the agents for Chelsea FC star and Germany international Antonio Rüdiger and made a last-ditch effort to convince the center-back to join Bayern Munich.

Salihamidzic — allegedly — even offered Rüdiger a five-year deal, which would end when the defender was **gasp** 34-years-old.

Alas, though, it was all for naught. Salihamidzic was too late as Rüdiger was “already 90% in agreement with Real Madrid over a summer move.” The Germany international will join former Bayern Munich defender David Alaba with Los Blancos for next season.