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Real Madrid defender picks penalty vs Manchester City as his best moment of April

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Real Madrid have dealt with a storm of injuries during the season, with the most casualties occurring in the defensive line.

However, amidst the injury crisis, Antonio Rudiger has remained a constant figure of assurance and has produced some incredible displays in Real Madrid’s final stretch of the season.

So much so, that the club considers the 31-year-old untouchable ahead of the summer transfer window.

Rudiger shows his gratitude

Antonio Rudiger was named Real Madrid’s Player of the Month for April. He received this award for his dominant displays last month, notably converting the decisive penalty at the Etihad Stadium.

Rudiger expressed gratefulness upon receiving the award and claims that he is eager to conclude Real Madrid’s dominant season on a high note.

“I am very happy. It shows that we have had a great season and also on a personal level it shows that the fans accept me and value me. That is important.

I feel good. and with confidence in the team. We have had a great season and we want to finish on top,” he said via the official Real Madrid website.

His best moment from April

Real Madrid’s prospects in the Champions League looked bleak when they locked horns with reigning champions Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the competition.

Rudiger enjoyed a great run of form in April. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

But nullifying their major attacking threats and eventually taking the game to a penalty shootout, Rudiger turned out to be one of Madrid’s heroes.

In addition to pocketing Erling Haaland, he scored the winning penalty to secure qualification to the next round.

Opening up about his favourite moment from April, Rudiger confessed the penalty against City takes the cake.

“If I could choose a moment in April it would be the penalty against City because no one expected me to take the last one.

“The coach believed in me and I am happy to help the team. It is my job and I am always looking forward to doing it,” the German centre-back acknowledged.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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