With their eyes already on future transfer windows, Real Madrid is on the lookout for defenders and the name of Antonio Rudigers appears at the top of their list for a number of reasons. The Chelsea defender has two key factors in his favor that differentiate him from the other options considered by the club.
First of all, there is the economic side of things, as Los Blancos are still suffering the effects of the pandemic. The Germans' contract with the London club will expire at the end of the current season and there appears to be a considerable distance between the player and the club when it comes to renewal negotiations.
That opens the door to a David Alaba-type situation, who also did not reach an agreement with Bayern Munich and was finally able to leave under contract freedom. It remains to be seen whether Real Madrid would prefer a free transfer in the summer or a discounted deal in January. The other main reason Los Blancos are interested is that at 28 he is an experienced and quality player in the prime of his life.
With the departures of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, Real Madrid feel they still lack defense, despite the arrival of Alaba. in eight matches, Real Madrid have conceded 10 goals this season. Ramos and Varane were the partnership that ushered in four Champions League titles, so it's understandable their absence is felt. Options for Ancelotti Rudiger would give Carlo Ancelotti more options at the rear, where he doesn't have much flexibility today.
Injuries have seen both Alaba and Nacho Fernández used in defense, leaving only the inexperienced Jesús Vallejo as cover in the middle and Eder Militao as the only safe starter in central defense. Having played hundreds of games in the Bundesliga, Serie A and Premier League, as well as racking up nearly 50 games for Germany, Rudgers CV is impressive and with a potential bargain given his expiring contract, he could be exactly what Real Madrid is looking for.
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