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Official: Antonio Rudiger named in Germany squad for FIFA World Cup 2022

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Germany manager Hansi Flick has named his squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 and Real Madrid defender Antonio Rudiger has been included on the list for the tournament in Qatar.

The German international defender arrived at Real Madrid only this past summer and has settled in fairly well, although he is behind Eder Militao and David Alaba in the pecking order of things at the moment.

Furthermore, Rudiger is currently out with a groin discomfort, which led to him missing the last game against Rayo Vallecano, while he remains unavailable for tonight’s clash versus Cadiz at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite the fitness concerns, Flick has gone on to include Rudiger in the squad for the World Cup as Germany will look to reclaim the trophy that they last won in 2014.

Leading up to the competition, there had been speculations that Germany were trying to coax Toni Kroos out of retirement for the World Cup.

However, it seems like those attempts have been in vain as the Real Madrid veteran midfielder is not on the 26-man squad list.

Youssoufa Moukoko of Borussia Dortmund, who is a target for Real Madrid, has also been called up to the World Cup by Flick despite the striker being just 17 years old.

Real Madrid’s arch-rivals Barcelona also have a representative in the Germany squad in the form of goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

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Real Madrid considered signing 25-year-old Bundesliga defender on loan after Alaba’s injury

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David Alaba’s ACL rupture towards the end of 2023 sent a wave of sudden panic within the Real Madrid coaching staff and during the January transfer market, the team from the Spanish capital explored several opportunities.

In that context, a report from AS has affirmed that Real Madrid considered signing Union Berlin’s Diogo Leite on loan until the end of the season, but the move and the entire thought eventually died out.

Real Madrid liked what they saw

Leite was identified by Real Madrid as a player with significant potential, possessing excellent ball control, and having demonstrated his capabilities at the highest level.

However, rather than exploring a permanent transfer, the possibility of a loan until the end of the season was under consideration, taking into account the specific circumstances faced by Carlo Ancelotti’s team. 

Diogo Leite played both matches against Real Madrid in the Champions League. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

Notably, the 25-year-old played the full 90 minutes in both matches against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu (1-0) and at his home (3-2) in the Champions League group stages.

Summer move not being considered

Leite, a product of FC Porto youth academy, has gained valuable experience under Pepe’s guidance while at the Portuguese club which made him Union Berlin’s fourth most expensive signing in history.

As of today, though, Real Madrid’s summer transfer target list excludes central defenders, with the exception of Rafa Marin, who is on loan to Alaves. 

Interestingly enough, Leite has garnered a strong reputation in the Bundesliga, and sources indicate that Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen is expressing interest in acquiring his services.

As far as Real Madrid are concerned, the likes of Eder Miliato and Alaba would return by the beginning of the next season and with Antonio Rudiger also available, the centre-back positions would be more or less covered. 

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