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German sources: Rudiger will go to Real Madrid

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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is set to depart Stamford Bridge at the end of the season and German news outlet, BILD, has claimed that his next destination is set to be the white half of Madrid.

The 29-year-old defender has a valid contract with the Blues until the end of the season and while the team did try to tie him on a longer tenure, the attraction of playing for one of Europe’s biggest teams has forced him to reject any approach Chelsea made in the past.

Rudiger was offered a lucrative deal worth almost €240,000-per week and if accepted, it would have made him the highest-paid defender in the club’s history. However, the signing-on, as well as agent’s fees, proved to be the issue.

While it was already known that Rudiger would leave Chelsea, the scepticism was around the club he would pick since he had offers from Juventus as well as Paris Saint-Germain.

Barcelona were thought to be in the race too, but with Andreas Christensen already on the books and Ronald Araujo close to agreeing a new deal, they decided to back out.

Furthermore, he also had an offer from Manchester United waiting only to be accepted, but he preferred to move out of the Premier League altogether out of respect for the Blues, with whom he spent five seasons.

If it was for the wages, he would have easily put pen to paper since the Red Devils were ready to offer a contract worth €10 million per year.

During his time with Chelsea, the UEFA Champions League winner made 196 appearances across all competitions, making him a firm crowd favourite.

Rudiger’s arrival at Santiago Bernabeu represents a massive coup for Real Madrid ahead of the new 2022-23 football season. Even from an economical standpoint, he is nothing but a great addition that could well and truly ease up the pressure.

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown

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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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