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Florian Wirtz discusses possibility of playing with Musiala at Real Madrid or Bayern Munich

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While the world has its eyes on the European Championships set to begin in Germany in less than a week, there is also significant interest towards the summer transfer window for clubs across the globe.

Real Madrid have made the signing of the summer already in the form of Kylian Mbappe, but it is clear that Los Blancos are far from done.

Still placed on a sound financial foundation, the men in white will look for big-name signings in the years to come and it is not surprising that they are already linked with several headlining young talents. One such name is Florian Wirtz.

A confession in Germany

Speaking to the media in a press conference on national team duty, the Bayer Leverkusen youngster was quizzed on his dynamic with compatriot Jamal Musiala and his future at the club level.

“We like playing together. I think it’s fair to say that we’ve joked a few times about playing together someday and spending even more time together,” Wirtz admitted, as quoted by Florian Plettenberg, revealing that he would love playing with Musiala round the year.

Interestingly, the follow-up question asked if it was more likely that the reunion would be at Bayern Munich or Real Madrid, to which he said,

“That’s a tricky question. Jamal is already playing for Bayern. I still feel comfortable in Leverkusen,” he added.

Wirtz and Musiala are on Real Madrid’s agenda for the future. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

While the statement is indeed too vague to draw any conclusions, it is safe to say that Wirtz’s reply did not rule out the possibility of the duo playing for Los Blancos.

For a player contractually obligated to a different club to make such an admission in itself is a massive development.

The player’s situations

At just 21 years of age, Wirtz is one of the brightest young talents in world football and his previous season for Bayer Leverkusen is a testament to the same.

The youngster made 32 appearances for the club in the Bundesliga, scoring 11 goals and providing as many assists in that duration. Further, he averaged 2.3 key passes per game and created 12 big chances.

His current deal with Leverkusen runs until the summer of 2027, and a move at this point will prove pricey for Real Madrid.

It was speculated that the Merengues have an agreement to sign the player in 2025, but recent reports have insisted that no such understanding is in place.

Musiala, meanwhile, is the crown jewel of Bayern Munich and will not be an easy player to secure for Los Blancos. His deal in Germany runs until 2026, however, making him a slightly more favourable target.

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Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal ready to make Real Madrid veteran the highest-paid defender – report

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A month ago, whispers began to circulate about Real Madrid’s star defender, Antonio Rudiger, drawing attention from Saudi Arabian football clubs. Initially, Rudiger appeared uninterested in the potential move. 

However, recent reports from SPORT reveal that he has now received multiple offers from the Middle East, notably from Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal, and these offers are lucrative enough to make him the highest-paid defender globally.

Currently, Real Madrid have no intention of parting ways with Rudiger. The player, in turn, seems content to stay with the Spanish giants. 

This mutual desire to remain united is understandable, especially given the circumstances of the past season. 

Injuries to key defenders Eder Militao and David Alaba left a significant void in Real Madrid’s defence, which Rudiger admirably filled. Despite being 31 years old, Rudiger’s exceptional performance last season has only increased his value.

Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal want Rudiger

Al-Nassr, a team that boasts stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo Brozovic, and Sadio Mane, is reportedly keen on adding Rudiger to their ranks. 

They currently have Aymeric Laporte as their primary defensive asset, but the dream of strengthening their defence with Rudiger is strong. 

Antonio Rudiger has no interest in leaving Real Madrid. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

The idea is to pair Rudiger with Laporte, creating a formidable defensive duo. The financial offer on the table for Rudiger is astronomical, designed to tempt him into forming a top-tier defensive partnership.

Similarly, Al-Hilal, are also in the hunt. Their goal is to bolster a defence that already features standout players like Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly. 

If Rudiger were to join Al-Hilal, he would be in the company of notable talents such as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Ruben Neves, Renan Lodi, and Bono.

Real Madrid and Rudiger are uninterested

Despite these enticing offers, Real Madrid remain firm in their decision not to sell Rudiger. The player himself is not inclined to leave La Liga. 

The departure of Nacho to Saudi Arabia’s Al-Qadsiah and the uncertain physical conditions of Alaba and Militao are pivotal reasons why Real Madrid are unwilling to consider letting go of their most dependable centre-back.

While the Saudi Arabian league is likely to continue its efforts to persuade all parties involved that Rudiger’s transfer would be mutually beneficial, the reality is that such an operation appears highly improbable. 

Rudiger’s value to Real Madrid, coupled with his own commitment to the club, makes any potential move a complex and unlikely scenario.

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