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Real Madrid reach verbal agreement with Antonio Rudiger: Fabrizio Romano

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Real Madrid are on the verge of securing their first signing of the new season, in the form of Antonio Rudiger, reports Fabrizio Romano.

The reliable Italian journalist has given his “here we go” for the club’s pursuit of the Chelsea centre-back, who has reached a verbal agreement with Los Blancos ahead of a Bosman move in the summer.

Rudiger is yet to physically pen a contract, but his representatives had met with Real Madrid’s hierarchy, where a verbal agreement has been reached.

The report comes a day after Thomas Tuchel officially confirmed the departure of the German at the end of the season. The Chelsea manager revealed the two parties could not reach an agreement over a new contract and will depart Stamford Bridge on a free transfer.

Romano adds Rudiger has agreed a long-term contract, though the exact details of the deal are still being worked on, with both parties optimistic about finalising the agreement in the near future.

Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, and Juventus were some of the other clubs involved in the pursuit of the German international, but the race was won by Real Madrid, who are prepared to offer him a key defensive role alongside Eder Militao and David Alaba.

Rudiger himself has stated his desire to play for Los Merengues in the past, so his decision to move to Santiago Bernabeu this summer could hardly be a surprise.

The addition of the former Borussia Dortmund starlet could prove to be a massive boost for Carlo Ancelotti, who has struggled with his side’s lack of depth in the central defensive unit.

With almost 200 competitive appearances for Chelsea, Rudiger offers vast experience at the highest level of football. It is combined with his dogged defensive philosophy and leadership that could be pivotal in Real Madrid’s bid to restore their lost glory next season.

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“Heartbreaking” – Real Madrid superstar reacts to Euro 2024 final loss to Spain

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Jude Bellingham’s Euro 2024 campaign came to a heartbreaking end as England slumped to a 2-1 defeat against Spain in the final.

Bellingham was one of the better players for England in what was a hard-fought affair at the Olympiastadion. However, the Real Madrid star was not able to get his team over the line, with England conceding a late winner from Mikel Oyarzabal.

Jude Bellingham on Euros defeat

Bellingham was visibly disappointed at the result and was seen storming off the pitch and even kicking a drinks cooler in frustration.

Speaking to a press after the defeat, Bellingham expressed his thoughts, calling it a ‘heartbreaking result’.

“We all wanted nothing more than to make history and make people of England proud but we didn’t deliver. Going forward we will analyze it, it’s a young group,” he said (h/t Daily Mail).

Heartbreaking end to Euro 2024 campaign for Bellingham (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Bellingham was indeed one of the more important players for an England side, which was criticised by many for their underwhelming performances

However, the Real Madrid star also looked at the positive. “It’s disappointing because we have to deliver at some point but there are things we can take from this,” he said.

“As a team, we will take the positives and negatives and we have to find a way to get it over the line,” the midfielder added.

While the defeat to Spain was certainly a blow for young Bellingham, the Englishman can hold his head up high, as he is coming on the back of a tremendous campaign that saw him secure the La Liga and the Champions League title.

For now, Bellingham will be looking forward to an extended summer break, before shifting his focus back to Real Madrid ahead of the new season.

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