A little over week after Real Madrid’s stellar win against Chelsea in the Champions League, the Galacticos have emerged once again in pursuit of Antonio Rudiger following a roadblock in negotiations earlier in the year.
Reports from MARCA suggest that Madrid are once again contemplating a summer move for the centre-back, who has also been linked to rivals Barcelona. Rudiger’s agents have reached out to Los Blancos to try and negotiate a move.
Rudiger’s Chelsea contract is due to end this June, but none the German’s many potential suitors have managed to make a lot of progress in negotiating a deal for him due to the exceptionally high contract demands.
The Spanish outlet stated that Rudiger’s entourage was demanding a four-year deal amounting to over 55 million euros in salary and bonuses, a figure that none of the candidates — all elite clubs in Europe — have been able to meet.
In their Champions League quarterfinal encounter, the 29-year-old reportedly impressed Real Madrid despite one slip-up that led to Karim Benzema’s goal.
Factors that may influence Madrid’s approach to him will certainly be whether or not he decides to be flexible with his economic demands, and whether the renewal of Eder Militao is completed easily.
The Whites are very happy with the Brazilian centre-back and are ready to reward him with a decent salary increase. If Rudiger is not willing to compromise, they will not make much of an effort to sign him.
Wages will also be an important factor for Barcelona if they pursue the German, but he may end up getting a lucrative deal with PSG or Juventus.
Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report
Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.
The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit.
Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.
Real Madrid not hiding their discontent
The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.
Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit.
For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.
Real Madrid are suspicious
Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition.
For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.
As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.
Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.