Stuttgart admit Antonio Rudiger will leave

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VfB Stuttgart have come out to reveal that they will struggle to hold on to their star defender, Antonio Rudiger and so will negotiate with ‘big outfits’.

The Stuttgart manager, Armin Veh has spoken out with speculation growing and a move to the Premier League looking imminent and he has admitted it will be a struggle to keep hold of the 21 year-old.

According to Sky Sports he told Sport-BILD: “Antonio is under contract until June 2017 with our club. The thing is, how much longer can we keep hold of such a player?

“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.”

There are several Premier League clubs chasing the young German footballer including Manchester United and Chelsea. Arsenal haven’t expressed their interest previously but Arsene Wenger may want to look into him after recent quotes from the player.

“My heart beats for Arsenal”

When asked about a move to the Premier League, Rudiger replied by revealing he has one club in mind and that is Arsenal. He told reporters in Germany: “I have always dreamed of the Premier League. I have been following Arsenal since the days of Henry and Bergkamp.

“I watch videos of Arsenal all the time on YouTube and I often wear the current Alexis Sanchez shirt.”

The Gunners are in need of defensive reinforcements after starting their last game with left back Nacho Monreal in the middle alongside German centre-back, Per Mertesacker. The tall German defender told the Guardian that confidence is currently low in the squad and believes that the team are struggling to do what they did successfully last year.

The 30-year-old is likely to welcome his young national counterpart and this would be an ideal January move with there being no communication barrier.

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Poor Stuttgart

It has been a very bad campaign for Stuttgart so far this season. After eight games the Swabians are 16th, in the relegation play off place after winning just one game. They play Eintracht Frankfurt next who are currently eighth in the table.

It is easy to see why Rudiger would want to move soon despite his initial contract not running out until 2017. If a transfer was to be completed in the next window then the interested club might have to dip into their pocket.

With three years still left on his current deal at the Mercedes Benz Arena the club will be looking at bids in the region of £7 million.

FC Porto and AS Monaco are also interested in signing the German and the price tag won't put them off. Unfortunately for West Ham United supporters, it doesn’t look like this German International will be starting at the Boleyn Ground.

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