Since Thomas Tuchel's arrival at the club in January, the Germany international has been one of the manager's most trusted and reliable performers.
Despite his clearly significant position at Stamford Bridge, Rudiger has yet to sign a new contract with the club and faces being released for free when his present contract expires at the conclusion of the season.
As a result, the German defender has been extensively credites with a return to Germany, namely a transfer to Bayern Munich. But why would Rudiger sell his shares at Stamford Bridge in exchange for a transfer to Bayern Munich next campaign?
He won’t be looking over his back
One of the primary reasons Rudiger hasn't signed a new contract and may be considering a transfer to Bayern is because he doesn't feel safe at Chelsea.
The London based outfit have a lot of talented, young center defenders such as Malang Sarr and Trevoh Chalobah, but they're also notoriously effective in the transfer market.
It remains to be seen if the club can attract Jules Kounde from Sevilla to London in January or next summer, but such a transfer would almost certainly have a significant influence on Rudiger's comfort level at the club.
As a result, the German centre back may be looking for a club that can guarantee him a starring role for the foreseeable future. And, unlike Chelsea, Bayern rarely brags about their large turnover of players each year.
Bayern Munich provides greater stability.
Another aspect of life at the Blues that may worry the German defender is the number of coaches they fire on annual bais
While Tuchel is now on a high, the German manager may find himself out of a job in the summer if his club does not really compete for - or possibly win - the Premier League and Champions League this season.
In contrast, new Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann has agreed to a five-year contract, which he will almost certainly honor unless anything seriously goes wrong in Munich.
That, even more than instant success this season, could be considerably more appealing to a player like Rudiger in the future.
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