Sebastian Rode explains why he turned down the chance to leave Bayern Munich this summer, despite Tottenham approach

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Tottenham attempted to sign Rode this summer, but he decided to stay with Bayern Munich.

Rode has struggled to establish himself at Bayern since his move to the club last summer, but he has told ESPN why he turned down the chance to leave the club, despite Tottenham wanting to sign him.

He said: “It's [transfer speculation] a nice thing to take notice of and shows the appreciation from other clubs. And, of course, you consider offers, especially when you fail to make the matchday squad for the season opener, and don't get any playing time in the second match of the season. But I was told that I am needed here, and that I should stay. I've quickly accepted it.”

Rode fielded an approach from Spurs during the summer transfer window, with TZ.de claiming that the North London club had enquired into his availability.

The holding midfielder, 24, only moved to Bayern last summer, arriving on a free transfer from Eintracht Frankfurt, and he did appear 35 times for the Bundesliga champions last season.

However, he started just 10 games, and has become known as a squad player, who will not make the step up to consistent first-team starter any time soon.

Rode has managed just eight minutes of action for Bayern so far this season, and it would not have been a surprise to see him force a move away from the German giants knowing that teams were in for him who could offer him playing time.

However, he was told that he was needed at the Allianz Arena for the ongoing campaign, and that was enough to convince Rode to turn down a move to White Hart Lane in favour of staying with Bayern, and he will be hoping to break into Guardiola’s team more frequently.

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