Latest: Antonio Rudiger Sign New Deal with Real Madrid
The Blues defender has told Los Blancos of his desire to join them, with the two parties still working out the final details.
Antonio Rudiger is on the verge of joining Real Madrid after promising to sign a lucrative four-year contract amid advanced talks.
The amount the 29-year-old will earn is unknown, but it will be a big increase over his current Chelsea contract and comparable to the £200,000-a-week offer from the west London club.
After failed negotiations in December, Carlo Ancelotti urged his club to begin talks, and the Spanish giants will likely get their man.
When will Rudiger’s departure be finalized?
After becoming dissatisfied while waiting for Chelsea’s takeover to be finalized, the goal is to complete the talks within the next week.
The club’s sanctions prevent them from renewing any of their players’ contracts, and despite Thomas Tuchel and other senior officials urging Antonio Rudiger to wait until the takeover was completed, he chose to investigate one of the several offers on the table.
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Surprisingly, some people close to the situation believe a decision on a new owner will be made this week.
For Rudiger, Madrid will be preferred above Manchester United, Barcelona, and Juventus, with PSG and Bayern Munich all having held talks with him previously.
After giving Tuchel his word that he will remain focused and professional until the end of the season, Los Blancos might wait until the end of the season to reveal Antonio Rudiger.
Tuchel said following his side’s 1-0 win over West Ham this weekend, “He has no concerns and has made no doubts about it, he will play until the end of the season with everything he has.”
“This is what he has done since the beginning, and it is what he will continue to do until the very last moment. I am very certain.”
Who will Chelsea bring in to take Rudiger’s place?
Chelsea will be unable to sign new players until the ownership dispute is addressed. The scouting teams, on the other hand, continue to work, and Sevilla’s Jules Kounde will almost certainly be a target for whoever comes in.
Last summer, Chelsea attempted to recruit Kounde but were twice turned down for the France international.
They are also known to be fans of Wesley Fofana of Leicester City, however he has recently signed a new contract at the King Power Stadium.
Similarly, Barcelona’s Ronald Araujo was a target for a while, but Xavi’s staff believes they will be able to keep their young defender.
Tuchel is anticipated to sign two defenders to replace Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, both of whom are slated to join Barcelona.
Unless Levi Colwill, on loan from Huddersfield Town, impresses sufficiently in pre-season to force his way into Tuchel’s plans.