David Alaba and Eder Militao have been ever-reliable for Real Madrid this season. Though the centre-back duo did not get off to the best of starts, they eventually managed to bridge the gaps and become a daunting combination.
However, Carlo Ancelotti’s plan for next season is to shift Alaba back to his natural position at left-back. To ensure that is possible, it becomes vital for Los Blancos to sign another central defender.
Yesterday night, top tier sources confirmed an agreement between Real Madrid and Antonio Rudiger. The German international has not expressed any interest in renewing his deal with Chelsea and is expected to join the La Liga leaders in the summer.
According to reports from Rodrigo Faez, Rudiger made a sacrifice to ensure his move to the Bernabeu was sealed. The renewal proposal from Chelsea boasted of a higher salary than what Madrid are offering him. Yet, he chose to change clubs and accepted the pay cut.
On Sunday, Tuchel confirmed that the defender would leave Stamford Bridge in the summer, saying that he and the club tried their best to convince him to stay.
“The situation is that he wants to leave the club. He informed me of this is in a private talk. We gave everything — me and the club — but we could not fight anymore. Without the sanctions we would at least be able to carry on fighting, but our hands are tied. We don’t take it personally. It is his decision,” he said.
In 28 League starts this season, Rudiger has overseen 13 clean sheets. Moreover, Chelsea have conceded less than a goal per game with him on the field.
€85 million-rated Serie A winger ‘dreams’ of playing for Real Madrid, claims father
Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dreams of playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid, the winger’s father has revealed following the UEFA Champions League clash between the two teams last night.
Kvaratskhelia, 22, exploded upon arriving at Napoli last year, leading them to the Serie A title on the back of his explosive performances.
The Georgian winger has been impressing in the ongoing campaign as well, although he failed to score or assist in either of Napoli’s meetings with Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.
Kvaratskhelia has previously spoken about how he has always been a lifelong supporter of Real Madrid and grew up idolising some of the club’s legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Guti, among others.
Now, the 22-year-old winger’s father has revealed that his son has always dreamt of and continues to dream of playing for Real Madrid.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Kvaratskhelia’s father said: “Khvicha always dreamed and still dreams of playing for Real Madrid. I am sure about it.”
Talking about the fact that the winger got to play against Real Madrid, Kvaratskhelia’s father added: “For Khvicha, playing vs Real Madrid was special. In my family, everyone is a Real Madrid supporter, except me.”
Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements, but they are looking for a centre-forward next summer and have Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as their main targets.
As for Kvaratskhelia, whose market value stands at €85 million, it seems quite apparent that he harbours dreams of playing for Real Madrid. But it remains to be seen if there is some interest from Los Blancos in signing the winger.