But the 23-year-old insists that he has no plans of leaving Leverkusen.
Bender told Die Welt: “It is an honour for me that the greatest German club has expressed an interest.
“But I have a contract at Leverkusen, and that is all that counts.”
Bayern Munich signed Javi Martinez this summer after reportedly having failed to sign Bender.
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