Stuttgart general manager Robin Dutt has moved to dispel doubts with regards to Antonio Rudiger’s transfer to AS Roma.
The 22-year-old joined the Giallorossi in the summer on a season-long loan with an option to buy and after overcoming an injury, he has put in some very good performances in Serie A and Champions League.
As a result, AS Roma officials are thinking about making his transfer permanent, but it would appear as though the Serie A side will attempt to re-negotiate the agreed €9 million price.
This has created confusion in the German media as they believed a summer transfer was already agreed, but Stuttgart manager Robin Dutt claims that the Giallorossi are not obliged to make the deal permanent in the summer.
“There are perhaps reasons the Romans would want to pay less (than the agreed price), but there is certainly no reason (for us) to want less,” Dutt was quoted as saying in Bild.
“There is no obligation to buy, but an option to purchase.”
Antonio Rudiger has started six Serie A games this season, while also impressing in the three Champions League outings.