Bayern Munich midfielder Sebastian Rudy has welcomed Bayern Munich's interest in Leon Goretzka.
Out of contract at the end of the season, the player is available to start negotiating terms over a Bosman move and Schalke are hopeful that he will announce his intentions for the future imminently.
Although he would provide extra competition for Rudy’s position in the Bayern midfield, he remains hopeful that the 22-year-old will sign.
“It's normal that Bayern have good players and want to add more,” he told TZ. “Reinforcement of the squad is always good. We have to think as a team because it's about team success.”
Rudy, meanwhile, has admitted it is his aim to be part of the Germany squad for the 2018 World Cup.
“I want to attack the second half of the season and improve myself – and my game,” he said. “Everyone here wants to play. There’s great competition in my position but I’m hungry to come out on top.
“The World Cup is a big goal of mine. For that, I will have to be at my best. But I’m optimistic that it will come together this year and I’ll earn my ticket.”
Rudy has played 21 times this season but has featured increasingly rarely since Jupp Heyneckes took over from Carlo Ancelotti in the autumn.