Big Blow for Chelsea as Rudiger agrees deal with Real Madrid
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger seems to have reportedly reached an ‘informal agreement’ with Real Madrid. The German defender has less than seven months remaining on his current contract at Stamford Bridge, and talks to extend his deal with Chelsea have failed to progress.
According to the reports, 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.
Nothing has been signed yet, but it’s thought agreements on the table from both Madrid and Bayern Munich are more lucrative than Chelsea’s latest offer.
Manchester United and Tottenham are also rumoured to be interested, but the report claims Rudiger would prefer not to join a Premier League rival.
Real Madrid are keen to recruit a new central defender in one of the upcoming transfer windows, after failing to replace Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane over the summer.
Rudiger, 28, 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 and has been a huge part of Chelsea’s success under Thomas Tuchel, revitalized after the German boss replaced Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge, registering two goals and two assists so far this season.