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Ancelotti requests the signing of Chelsea defender alongside Mbappe/Haaland

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After a disappointing season under Frank Lampard, Antonio Rudiger’s stocks have skyrocketed under Thomas Tuchel.

The German defender, playing on the left of a back-three at Chelsea in the last two seasons, has become of the most impressive defenders in Europe. He has arguably been one of the best centre-backs in England this season, but will most likely jump ships in the summer.

Rudiger becomes a free agent, and has been on the radar of most top European clubs. Carlo Ancelotti, especially seems to be a fan, and has requested his signing alongside one superstar signing of Kylian Mbappe and/or Erling Haaland, according to MARCA.

Barcelona were briefly interested in Rudiger, and met his agents last month. However, given Ronald Araujo’s contract extension is going through soon, the Blaugranes have dropped their pursuit.

As for Real Madrid, while David Alaba and Eder Militao have formed a solid partnership for the most part, there have been some concerning games.

Thibaut Courtois has been their saving grace in a lot of games, but El Clasico and the Chelsea return leg have proven that even the Belgian is not impenetrable.

Rudiger’s signing, would, however, pose some interesting questions on Madrid’s wage bill. The German demands a salary upward of €8 million net, which would automatically make him one of the highest earners in the squad.

The team is, however, studying formulas to fit the Chelsea superstar in their wage structure and will have time until June to offload players.

Gareth Bale is looking at the exit door, and has the highest earner in the team, which would leave the team open to superstar signings.

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Ancelotti’s dilemma: How will he handle a fully fit defense next season?

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Real Madrid’s manager, Carlo Ancelotti, is set to face a challenging situation in restructuring his defence for the upcoming season and that is largely down to key players like David Alaba and Eder Militao are returning to full fitness. 

Interestingly, this situation might put Antonio Rudiger’s spot in the starting lineup under significant pressure.

Back when Rudiger joined Real Madrid he was supposed to strengthen a defence already featuring Alaba and Militao. Despite their young age, these two had firmly established themselves in the team. 

Over the past two years, however, Ancelotti has consistently relied on the duo, with Rudiger and Nacho serving as their main substitutes. 

A big decision awaits Ancelotti

As the new season approaches, Ancelotti faces a dilemma similar to the one he had with goalkeepers Andriy Lunin and Thibaut Courtois. A similar situation is likely to unfold with Rudiger and Militao vying for the right centre-back position.

It must be remembered that Militao suffered an untimely injury last season, prompting Ancelotti to choose Rudiger over Nacho, who, although right-footed, is also adept on the left side. 

Carlo Ancelotti needs to assess his defensive duo for next season. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

As the season progressed, Rudiger proved his worth, becoming a mainstay in the defense. His physical strength, bravery, and aerial prowess made him a reliable choice. 

His ability to play out from the back earned him the respect and confidence of his teammates, overshadowing Militao’s absence.

Rudiger’s importance has grown

Rudiger’s importance grew further when Alaba got injured in December. He became the cornerstone of the defence, often partnering with Nacho or Aurelien Tchouameni. Even when Rudiger played on the left side, the defensive structure remained solid.

When Militao returned in the last month and a half of the season, he struggled to regain his previous form. The long recovery period left emotional scars, and he was not the same player he had been before the injury. 

Consequently, Ancelotti opted to keep Rudiger in the lineup for crucial matches towards the end of the season.

With the new season on the horizon, Rudiger’s strong performances will present a significant challenge for Ancelotti. 

As Alaba also returns from injury, Ancelotti will have to decide who among Rudiger, Militao, and Alaba will be benched. 

Rudiger has proven his capability, often outperforming the Brazilian, whose post-injury form is still uncertain. 

Adding to the competition, Real Madrid might sign Leni Yoro and even Rafa Marin could return from his loan spell which could further complicate Ancelotti’s decisions.

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