Chelsea and German defender Antonio Rudiger is reportedly edging closer to joining top Spanish La Liga side Real Madrid on a free transfer next summer. According to reports, Rudiger has less than seven months remaining on his current contract at Stamford Bridge. His talks to extend his deal with the Champions League winners have not yielded any positive result.
Antonio Rudiger Close to Joining Real Madrid
Reports have it that Antonio Rudiger’s brother and agent Sahr Senesie held talks with representatives of Real Madrid over the last few weeks, and an ‘informal agreement’ for the German to move to La Liga next summer has been reached. The report also said that Premier League duo Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have also expressed interest in signing him. However, the centre-back would prefer a move to the Santiago Bernabeu even though Bayern Munich is also coming for him.
Real Madrid is keen to recruit a new central defender in one of the upcoming transfer windows, after failing to replace Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, who moved the Paris St-Germain and Manchester United. Rudiger, who is believed to be asking for an annual salary of €12m (£10.2m) to remain at Chelsea, has made 20 appearances across all competitions for Thomas Tuchel’s side this season, and he has scored two goals and provided two assists.