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Real Madrid ready to sell players to raise funds and make room for Chelsea contract rebel Antonio Rudiger

Real Madrid ready to sell players to raise funds and make room for Chelsea contract rebel Antonio Rudiger
Real Madrid are planning a move for Chelsea contract rebel Antonio Rudiger
Real Madrid are planning a move for Chelsea contract rebel Antonio Rudiger (Picture: Getty)

Real Madrid are ready to sell players to raise funds and make room for Antonio Rudiger as they look to sign the Chelsea defender on a free transfer.

Germany international Rudiger has been a mainstay in Chelsea’s team over the past five seasons, helping the Blues win the Champions League and FA Cup since his £29m move from Rome in 2017.

Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel want Rudiger to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge but the 28-year-old is stalling over putting pen to paper, with his current contract set to expire next summer.

Rudiger will be free to discuss terms with a new club come January and the likes of Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with moves for the defender.

According to Spanish outlet AS, Real Madrid have joined the race to sign Rudiger with manager Carlo Ancelotti – who returned to the Bernabeu last summer – a huge admirer.

Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos both left Madrid recently and Ancelotti is keen to bolster his options at centre-back, with Rudiger now one of the club’s top targets.

Rudiger is believed to be keen on a move to La Liga giants Madrid, who are said to be willing to offer him a lucrative salary worth £200,000-a-week.

Carlo Ancelotti is believed to be a huge admirer of Rudiger
Carlo Ancelotti is believed to be a huge admirer of Rudiger (Picture: Getty)

AS also say Real Madrid are expected to sell a number of big stars at the end of the season, with the impending departures of Gareth Bale, Isco and Marcelo set to raise funds and make room for a few additions, including Rudiger.

Rudiger’s former Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard is also expected to leave Madrid following his underwhelming three-year stint at the Bernabeu.

Discussing the speculation surrounding his future, Rudiger said last week: ‘The most important thing is that I feel happy here.

‘I think if people look at it, they can see I’m happy. About the contract situation, I talk with the club. This is for nobody’s ears.

‘It was how I said it would be after the Euros – there would be talks. There was a talk between Marina [Granovskaia, a Chelsea director] and my agent.

‘We have the situation where we are at now and I have nothing to do with all the speculation. This is not in my mind. I’m focused on what I’m doing because this is why I wake up every morning.’

Former Liverpool and Germany midfielder Didi Hamann, meanwhile, has tipped Rudiger to stay at Chelsea despite the rumours linking him with a move away from Stamford Bridge.

‘I don’t see any reason why he should leave Chelsea. He did ok in Germany early in his career, but he’s become a much better player since moving abroad,’ Hamann told Metro.co.uk via FreeSuperTips.

‘I think he’s getting a lot better with his game, but I don’t think he’ll be an option for Bayern Munich.

‘I don’t see Rudiger at Bayern Munich I’ve got to say, but if he’s available on a free then there will be a lot of clubs interested. He suits the way Chelsea play and I think he’ll stay at the club.’

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