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Real Madrid mainstay involved in heated altercation with international teammate

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Capping off their season in the perfect manner, Real Madrid triumphed against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final to clinch their 15th European trophy.

When the club football season concludes, many domestic rivals find themselves setting aside their competitive differences to reunite as teammates on their national team.

Rivals from the Champions League final, Niclas Fullkrug and Antonio Rudiger, recently reunited with the German national team as they prepare for the 2024 Euros that will shortly commence in Berlin.

Rudiger was involved in a heated altercation

However, despite several days having passed since the final, it appears Rudiger and Fullkrug have still not fully reconciled, with lingering animosity evident.

Indeed, as reported by BILD, Fullkrug and Rudiger had a heated altercation in training today.

The incident began after a particularly aggressive tackle by the Real Madrid mainstay, which left the Dortmund striker sprawled on the ground. In obvious pain and frustration, Fullkrug began cursing at Rudiger.

Fullkrug and Rudiger involved in a bust-up in training. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

The German centre-forward then stood up, went towards Rüdiger and they pushed each other as they came face-to-face.

With merely a few days remaining before the Euros begins and Germany takes on Scotland, the rift between Real Madrid’s star centre-back and Borussia Dortmund’s striker does not bode well for the team morale.

As such, manager Julian Nagelsmann will be eager to reinstate stability to the team and hope that the incident was just a one-off event that occurred in the heat of the moment.

Former Real Madrid star Toni Kroos, who will be hanging up his boots after the tournament, has also been known to be the voice of the reason on the pitch. He will likely look to settle the dispute behind closed doors, especially as he is one of the team’s most experienced players.

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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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