Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger admits he feel ‘honoured’ by links with a move to Bayern Munich.

The 28-year-old whose current contract will expire in 2022 feels his form since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival in the Chelsea dugout in January warrants a significant pay rise to around the £300,000-per-week mark – similar to what Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku earn in west London.

Contract talk has taken place between the club and the German over the past few month and it is understood the increase is not meeting up to what Rüdiger is expecting and negotiation is still expected to continue in the coming weeks.

He is quoted as saying in a press conference while on international duty with Germany:

“Of course [Bayern] honours me and proves that I’ve been doing things right,” he said. “But I don’t let myself be distracted.

“I have an obligation to my club to perform well. I have to prove myself every game and not let myself be distracted by rumours. I make my decisions for myself. They don’t depend on anyone. I feel good where I am.”

Rüdiger currently feels confident in himself and knows he won’t be short of big suitors with Bayern Munich and PSG interested.

This latest interest from Bayern Munich will not go down well with Thomas Tuchel who seems desperate to have Rüdiger tied to a long term contract as he is a key part of Tuchel’s project at Chelsea and will likely be on the long term.

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