Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger is close to agreeing a four-year deal with Real Madrid that will make him one of the highest-paid defenders in the world.
Rudiger’s Chelsea deal expires at the end of the season, and Blues boss Thomas Tuchel revealed at the weekend his fellow German had decided to reject a new deal at Stamford Bridge and join a new club.
Rudiger is thought to be flattered and impressed by Real’s pursuit. The Spanish giants were the first club to formally express an interest in signing him this summer.
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A number of clubs across Europe – including in the Premier League – remain interested in Rudiger but, while talks with Real are ongoing, he is set to move to the Bernabeu.
Rudiger’s representatives held talks with Barcelona last month, while he has also been linked with Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.
John Terry, the former Chelsea captain, expressed his disappointment at Rudiger’s impending exit last week. Replying to Sky Sports’ Instagram post regarding the Germany international, Terry wrote: “How have we let this man go?”
Remaining at Chelsea was a possibility for Rudiger, but the sanctions placed on the club’s owner Roman Abramovich made talks over extending the 29-year-old’s deal impossible.