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Antonio Rudiger talks Real Madrid, Ancelotti, Benzema, Modric, Vinicius, Rodrygo



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Antonio Rudiger sat down with Guardian in an exclusive interview, where he backed Germany to be one of the favourites for the FIFA World Cup. He also talked about his time at Chelsea, notably hailing former manager Thomas Tuchel.

At the same time, the former Stuttgart starlet heaped praise on his current club Real Madrid as well, particularly highlighting the ingenuity of coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Formerly of Chelsea, the German international joined Real Madrid on a free transfer in the summer. Since then, he has become a crucial member of the Madrid backline, having already racked up 17 competitive appearances this season.

“Chelsea was a chapter on its own. It was great, great, great. But Real Madrid is the elite club in football. This says it all: in the past nine years winning five Champions Leagues.”Real Madrid is the elite club in football. This says it all: in the past nine years winning five Champions Leagues,” Rudiger said.

Playing at Real Madrid has given Rudiger the opportunity to play with some of the most talented players in world football including Luka Modric and Karim Benzema.

“As a striker, the way he moves, the ability is just ‘wow’,” Rudiger said when asked about Benzema. He also heaped praise on the veteran Modric and his magical right foot, adding, “It’s normal for him. I barely see him pass with his left foot.”

Rudiger went on to talk about Carlo Ancelotti. He suggested that the Real Madrid coach has revolutionised the team since being appointed as the manager.

“He’s calm,” he said. “He is from a generation where I never thought I’d train under him. That is already a wow effect. I never saw something like his man-management before. The first day I arrived here for the presentation he came to my home and sat with my family. I thought: ‘This is not normal.’ No coach ever did it for me.”

Apart from his comments on Real Madrid players and staff, Rudiger highlighted how he will be expected to play the role of a team leader when Germany kickstart their World Cup campaign on November 23 against Japan.

“I am one of the players who’s been there longest. I have to be one of the leaders,” he said.

Rudiger also pointed out Brazil as a dangerous team at the World Cup, name-checking his Real Madrid teammates Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo as some of the threats that the Selecao boast of.

“Vinícius, Rodrygo. I could name 10 more. They’re a scary team. But you never know what can happen in 90 minutes,” the German defender said.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target



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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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