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Real Madrid heavyweight has no intentions of leaving amid Saudi Arabia interest

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Earlier today, reports emerged claiming that Real Madrid defender Antonio Rudiger had emerged as a transfer target for Saudi Arabian giants Al Nassr.

Having made some big moves last summer, the Saudi giants are looking for mega signings once again this year, with Rudiger a target.

In fact, it was suggested that the Middle East club are ready to offer him a contract worth €100 million across four years.

Rudiger not leaving

But now, according to journalist Florian Plettenberg, the reports linking Rudiger and Saudi Arabia are wide off the mark.

As things stand, the 31-year-old German international has no intentions of leaving Real Madrid in the summer transfer window and will certainly be staying put.

Staying put. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Rudiger enjoyed a brilliant 2023/24 campaign, stepping up in a huge way after Los Blancos were rocked with two ACL injuries in defence.

The centre-half finished the season with 48 appearances in all competitions, even chipping in with two goals and three assists.

A clutch player, Rudiger is seen as an untouchable by Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti and as such, the German is expected to be a fixed starter for the team next season.

Having joined Real Madrid from Chelsea for free in 2022, Rudiger has already won every trophy available with the club.

With his contract running until 2026, he has no plans of leaving despite the lucrative proposal from Saudi Arabia.

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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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