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Real Madrid defender states his biggest goal: “If I don’t, it will be like a failure”

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Speaking in an interview with GQ (h/t AS), Real Madrid defender Antonio Rudiger has claimed that one of his biggest goals is to win the UEFA Champions League with the club.

The German international signed for Real Madrid last summer, arriving on a free transfer after his contract with Chelsea had expired.

Rudiger has been unable to nail down a place in the starting XI thanks to the presence of Eder Militao and David Alaba ahead of him in the pecking order.

But the physical and aggressive centre-back has delivered almost every time he has taken the pitch for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

Goals and motivation

So far, Rudiger has made 53 appearances for Real Madrid, scoring two goals, while winning the Copa del Rey and the FIFA Club World Cup. However, the German international has his sights set on much bigger prizes at Real Madrid.

“I don’t feel I’ve won everything, to be honest. One of the big objectives I have is to win the Champions League with Real Madrid. If I don’t win it, it’s like a failure. I’m 30 years old, I’m in my prime and I’m very hungry for titles,” he said.

Talking about football in Spain, Rudiger stated: “It is very technical. There are very good players. All the teams try to play football and that’s what I like the most. Nobody stays back and they throw long balls. It’s also very intense, it’s high-level football.”

Rudiger wants to win the UCL. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP via Getty Images)

Rudiger also spoke in detail about what motivates him every time he steps on the field, as he said: “The most important motivation for me comes from my family. They see in me what no one else sees in me.

“They know better than anyone when I’m not in a good mood and they help me. For me the family is a motivation and it’s an emotion, it’s something that pushes me forward. If you play for Real Madrid and you’re not motivated by it, you have a problem.”

One of Rudiger’s best performances in Real Madrid colours came in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final clash against Manchester City, where he completely nullified the threat of Erling Haaland.

When asked about that display, he said: “I was absolutely calm. I know how far I can go if I am 100% physically and mentally.

“A circumstance was created that I love. In the days before, the media was wondering if I was going to be able to defend Haaland. There were a lot of doubts in the atmosphere and if I’m honest, I love that atmosphere: I shine even more when people doubt me.”

Racism in Spain

Over the past season, Real Madrid players, particularly Vinicius Jr, have been subjected to racist abuse by opposition fans. When asked if he had experienced the same since joining the club, Rudiger said:

“If you ask me if anyone has been racist towards me in Spain, the answer is no. There was a misunderstanding in Cádiz. There was a misunderstanding in Cádiz: it was published that they had been racist with me but I didn’t hear them.

“If you ask me if Vinícius Jr suffers from it, it’s obvious that he does. And when they insult him and are racist towards him, they are automatically racist towards me, even if they didn’t say it directly to me. But this is not just a problem in Spain, it happens everywhere.”

Vini Jr. has been targeted by racist abuse. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

When asked if he thins Spain is a racist country, Rudiger replied: “Racism is a lack of education. I have always said it and I always repeat it. It’s important to say that it’s not all Spaniards, it’s some idiots.

“There are many Spaniards who do not tolerate racism. It is very important to point out that racists are only a minority in this country, but they need to be corrected.

“How do we put an end to this problem? The only thing I can say is to educate your children at school. It is very important that everybody knows that we are all equal.”

On how he is experiencing life in Madrid, the defender added: “I am very happy. I love the enormous amount of food options. I love Spanish food, although many of their dishes have pork in them, because of my religion I can’t eat it.

“But I’m really looking forward to trying Paella. Above all, what I like the most is that there are people from many different backgrounds living in peace. There are South Americans, African-Americans, Spaniards… all living in peace.”

On his pre-match rituals, Rudiger said: “I’m a Muslim. I believe in God and that’s why I like to pray before games. I pray that all the players, those in my team and the rivals will not be injured and I also pray for all the people at the stadium. I don’t need much, just to pray.”

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Report: Real Madrid reactivate interest to sign €50 million-rated defender

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According to a report from Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid have decided to reactivate the operation to sign Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich.

The Spanish football giant has shown interest in the Canadian star for quite some time but has yet to seal the deal. Now, following the conclusion of the Copa America, Real Madrid are reigniting their efforts to sign Davies.

Before the Copa America began, Davies mentioned that he would postpone any decisions about his future until after the tournament. 

With the competition now over, his future remains a hot topic for both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, who are keenly monitoring the situation.

Real Madrid will not meet Bayern’s demand

Real Madrid are hesitant to meet Bayern Munich’s asking price of €50 million for Davies, whose current contract runs until 2025. 

Negotiations between Bayern Munich and Davies’ agent have been ongoing, but they haven’t reached an agreement. Davies is reportedly seeking a significant salary increase, rumoured to be around €20 million per season, which Bayern Munich has declined.

Alphonso Davies is likely to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

In light of this stalemate, Bayern Munich’s management has decided to withdraw their renewal offer, risking the possibility of Davies leaving for free when his contract expires in 2025. 

This development has opened the door for Real Madrid, who are preparing to make an offer that could potentially satisfy Bayern Munich’s demands.

Davies is likely to leave

In Germany, the consensus is that Davies is likely to leave Bayern Munich this summer, with Real Madrid being the most probable destination. The situation is fluid, but it appears that the Spanish club is in a strong position to acquire the talented Canadian defender.

For Real Madrid, securing a player of Davies’ calibre would be a significant boost to their squad. The club is known for its aggressive transfer strategies, and bringing in a player like Davies aligns with their goals.

As the summer transfer window progresses, the focus will remain on the negotiations between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. 

Both clubs have a lot at stake, and the outcome will depend on their ability to find common ground regarding the transfer fee and Davies’ salary demands.

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