Summary

  • Rudy to join Bayern in summer 2017.
  • The midfielder is currently at high-flying Hoffenheim.
  • Recently became a full Germany international.

Versatility can be both a blessing and a curse, but Sebastian Rudy's jack-of-all-trades ability to master positions in both midfield and defence means he will be an invaluable addition to the FC Bayern München squad.

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"To move to Munich is a total dream for me," Rudy told Bayern's official website after agreeing a three-year deal that starts next summer. "I would like to win trophies there."

But the question of where on the pitch he will win them from must already be zinging round Carlo Ancelotti's mind.

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In midfield?

Surely the most obvious answer is: slot him into the role in which he caught Bayern's eye! An industrious midfielder since his days at VfB Stuttgart, the 26-year-old has been the oil ensuring the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim engine room has been running smoothly since his arrival in Sinsheim in 2010.

His arrival dovetails neatly with the end of Xabi Alonso's Bayern contract. The record Bundesliga champions metronomic midfielder celebrated his 35th birthday in November, and though the former FIFA World Cup and double UEFA EURO winner may yet extend his stay at the Allianz Arena, age dictates his career must soon wind down. If Alonso departs, Rudy would cushion the blow.

Alongside Thiago Alcantara, Arturo Vidal, Joshua Kimmich or Renato Sanches in the 4-2-3-1 formation Ancelotti favoured towards the end of the Hinrunde, Rudy will be the perfect foil. Complementary with their energy and inspiration, his watchful industry will provide Bayern with a solid platform on which to move forward and to rest upon when they do not have the ball.

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In defence?

It is a role Philipp Lahm has occupied under Ancelotti at times this season. But while the Bayern captain is a defender who has slipped seamlessly into midfield, Rudy can make the opposite switch just as smoothly.

The fact Joachim Löw has often entrusted Rudy with the role in the Germany team following Lahm's international retirement speaks volumes.

Lahm is 33, is out of contract in 2018, and has already publicly stated he may end his spectacularly successful playing career this season. Rafinha, Lahm's fellow right-back, is 31, so Rudy's ability to play in that position will be a boon for Bayern for years to come.

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