Rudiger downplays Roma exit rumours

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Roma defender Antonio Rudiger has dismissed suggestions he could leave the Stadio Olimpico for Inter ahead of next season.

Newly appointed Inter boss Luciano Spalletti is reportedly keen on a reunion with Rudiger after previously working with the Germany international before swapping Rome for Milan.

Rudiger has been a regular in Roma's line-up since joining from Stuttgart ahead of the 2015-16 campaign and, with Inter heavily bankrolled by their wealthy owners Suning Holdings, several reports have suggested a move to San Siro is imminent.

However, the Germany defender - who is on international duty at the Confederations Cup - was keen to cool rumours of a move to Roma's Serie A rivals.

"I have read the rumours that I will leave Roma for Inter," he told Bild.

"I have also read that my team-mate Kostas Manolas is being linked with Inter as well...

"But if we had to believe everything the papers write, I would already have left Roma last season. Yet I am still here.

"My brother is dealing with these rumours, I am fully focused on the Confederations Cup."

The 24-year-old has a contract with Roma until June 2020.