Alex Kirkland, ESPN’s Madrid correspondent, has confirmed that Real Madrid are back in the race to sign out of contract Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.
Writing alongside Rodrigo Faez, the journalist mentioned that the German defender, who is looking for his last big contract, was reportedly being considered by the capital club earlier in the season.
The situation at that time, however, was entirely different. Back then, the team was only linked because Rudiger’s representatives had offered him to Madrid. In reality, the team had no genuine interest neither did they approach with any offer.
At present, the Madrid executives have seemed to have changed their minds and Rudiger is back on Madrid’s agenda. The team is chasing him in order to bring in strong defensive reinforcements for the next season.
One of the reasons why the 29-year-old caught everyone’s attention was his exhilarating display in Chelsea’s 3-2 in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final at Santiago Bernabeu.
It must be noted that Rudiger’s current Chelsea deal expires at the end of the season and there has been no movement either from the Blues or from the player. This more or less means Chelsea have accepted their fate that the defender will no longer continue to don the royal blue of London.
Now, if Madrid are, in fact, serious about the deal, they must be aware of the fact that Barcelona have already met with the player’s agent.
The move to the Catalan club, however, is looking extremely unlikely as they are already closing in on Andreas Christensen while Ronald Araujo is close to agreeing on a new contract too.
With the lack of options at the back, Carlo Ancelotti has been using David Alaba alongside Eder Militao as his first choice pair while Nacho and Jesus Vallejo have been used as back-ups.
In case of any injury, the manager will have to make several adjustments as he did against Chelsea where Dani Carvajal was used as a makeshift centre-back. But with Rudiger arriving, the team will have a much-needed breathing space.
€85 million-rated Serie A winger ‘dreams’ of playing for Real Madrid, claims father
Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dreams of playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid, the winger’s father has revealed following the UEFA Champions League clash between the two teams last night.
Kvaratskhelia, 22, exploded upon arriving at Napoli last year, leading them to the Serie A title on the back of his explosive performances.
The Georgian winger has been impressing in the ongoing campaign as well, although he failed to score or assist in either of Napoli’s meetings with Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.
Kvaratskhelia has previously spoken about how he has always been a lifelong supporter of Real Madrid and grew up idolising some of the club’s legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Guti, among others.
Now, the 22-year-old winger’s father has revealed that his son has always dreamt of and continues to dream of playing for Real Madrid.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Kvaratskhelia’s father said: “Khvicha always dreamed and still dreams of playing for Real Madrid. I am sure about it.”
Talking about the fact that the winger got to play against Real Madrid, Kvaratskhelia’s father added: “For Khvicha, playing vs Real Madrid was special. In my family, everyone is a Real Madrid supporter, except me.”
Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements, but they are looking for a centre-forward next summer and have Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as their main targets.
As for Kvaratskhelia, whose market value stands at €85 million, it seems quite apparent that he harbours dreams of playing for Real Madrid. But it remains to be seen if there is some interest from Los Blancos in signing the winger.