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David Alaba and Eder Militao have been ever-reliable for Real Madrid this season. Though the centre-back duo did not get off to the best of starts, they eventually managed to bridge the gaps and become a daunting combination.
However, Carlo Ancelotti’s plan for next season is to shift Alaba back to his natural position at left-back. To ensure that is possible, it becomes vital for Los Blancos to sign another central defender.
Yesterday night, top tier sources confirmed an agreement between Real Madrid and Antonio Rudiger. The German international has not expressed any interest in renewing his deal with Chelsea and is expected to join the La Liga leaders in the summer.
According to reports from Rodrigo Faez, Rudiger made a sacrifice to ensure his move to the Bernabeu was sealed. The renewal proposal from Chelsea boasted of a higher salary than what Madrid are offering him. Yet, he chose to change clubs and accepted the pay cut.
On Sunday, Tuchel confirmed that the defender would leave Stamford Bridge in the summer, saying that he and the club tried their best to convince him to stay.
“The situation is that he wants to leave the club. He informed me of this is in a private talk. We gave everything — me and the club — but we could not fight anymore. Without the sanctions we would at least be able to carry on fighting, but our hands are tied. We don’t take it personally. It is his decision,” he said.
In 28 League starts this season, Rudiger has overseen 13 clean sheets. Moreover, Chelsea have conceded less than a goal per game with him on the field.
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