Germany defender Antonio Rudiger has revealed that he has supported Arsenal since he was a child, and also told the German press that he dreams of moving to the Premier League, as reported by Sport Witness.
His interest in Arsenal stretches back to the days of Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry, suggesting that he has an emotional connection with the side.
In fact, despite playing professionally for VFB Stuttgart, Rudiger is keen to stress that he supports Arsenal, saying that he has the club’s shirt with Alexis Sanchez’s name on the back.
Rudiger is clearly interested in a switch to the Premier League, having previously told the press about the honour that he feels at having an enquiry made for him by Manchester United.
He also revealed that he dreams of playing in the Premier League.
Given that Rudiger has emerged as one of the top young defenders in European football, it will not be a surprise if an array of top flight sides now target him for moves in the near future.
When asked about the Man Utd switch in August, Rudiger said “The enquiry honours me, it makes me proud. But I focus on the VFB, and I will continue to grow. What might happen sometime in the future, I do not know. This is of course a top international address. And they play in the league of which I dream.”
He recently added: “I have been following [Arsenal] since the days of Bergkamp and Henry, since I was a child. I watched videos on YouTube of Arsenal… I have the current Alexis Sanchez shirt.”
Discussing the Premier League, he also said: “This is the league that I dream of.”
Stuttgart have revealed that they are willing to consider offers from big clubs for their star young defender Antonio Rudiger, as reported by the Daily Express.
Rudiger has emerged as one of the top starlets in the Bundesliga since the start of the season, and Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United are both thought to be keeping an eye on him ahead of a possible move.
The duo are thought to be considering a move for him in January, and Stuttgart boss Armin Veh has been honest with the press, suggesting that it might be difficult for his side to keep the player in the face of such significant interest.
While West Ham have also targeted him, the central defender will almost certainly only move to a side competing in or on the cusp of Champions League football.
Veh said: “Antonio is under contract until June 2017 with our club. The thing is, how much longer can we keep hold of such a player?
“He is willing to learn, has power and self-confidence and the willpower he needs to succeed.
“I understand that big clubs are chasing him. But a move will only be considered for Antonio if he joins a really big outfit. Otherwise, it would be better for him to stay at our club.”
Man Utd and Chelsea face off at the weekend, with Man Utd looking to bounce back from their 2-2 draw with West Brom.
Former Stuttgart manager Thomas Schneider has revealed that there is significant Premier League interest in the German club’s elegant young defender, Antonio Rudiger, as reported by the Daily Express.
He admitted that during his time at the helm of the Bundesliga side, he had to deal with interest from England for his star player.
The German international has been consistently linked with a move to the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United, and it seems as though those links have turned out to be reality.
He said: “Toni is a player of incredible potential. He is a great force and is strikingly fast too.“Even if he does things wrong from time to time, a player like Jerome Boateng did too when he was the same age.
“I am convinced that Toni is one of the talents that will go to the very top. There were many enquiries from top Premier League clubs when I was manager of Stuttgart.
“But for Toni, it’s most important to get regular first team football. He needs to add more consistency to his game and needs to have more stability.”
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It is not just Premier League sides who are said to hold an interest in Rudiger, however, with Monaco believed to have failed with a bid for the player during the summer.
Furthermore, Italian giants Juventus are also thought to be scouting the star, meaning that there is significant competition brewing for his signature in the future.
Man Utd could definitely do with a signing to bolster their defence in January.