Transfer news

Rode linked with Munich move

April 24, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Eintracht Frankfurt youngster Sebastian Rode could be the latest German talent to join Bayern Munich, according to several newspaper reports.

Sebastian Rode
GettyImagesRode has reportedly caught the eye of Bayern Munich with his displays for Frankfurt this season

On Sunday, Welt am Sonntag reported Rode, 22, had already reached an agreement with Bayern and it was only a question of when the midfielder will make the switch.

Speaking to ZDF, Frankfurt chief Heribert Bruchhagen added that there were several indicators suggesting the Germany Under-21 international was to make the switch to Bayern.

However, the midfielder, who is contracted to Frankfurt until 2014, has played down the rumours by insisting he has not signed for another club yet.

In a statement on the official Eintracht Frankfurt website, Rode said: "I have informed those in charge that I want to fulfil my contract but as of now I don’t want to prolong it.

"I have not signed for another club and want to dedicate all my efforts and concentration to the team and my performance. Everything else is pure speculation.”

So far, Frankfurt officials have vowed Rode is to stay at Der Riederwald for another season, but on Wednesday Bild quoted the Frankfurt chief financial officer as saying: "If somebody is willing to offer €9 million for Sebastian Rode then we will at least think about it."

Rode has made 40 Bundesliga appearances for Frankfurt, scoring two goals. He has been one of the leading figures in Frankfurt’s outstanding season that sees the Bundesliga new boys only one point away from the Champions League qualification places with four games left to play.