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Real Madrid see the Bosman signing of defender as a success – report

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Antonio Rudiger’s signing for Real Madrid has proven to be a success, as he has won over the club, his teammates, the coaching staff and the fans.

This has been reported by MARCA, which claims that the German defender has already begun to master the Spanish language, although he is yet to speak it in public.

Joining Real Madrid on a free transfer in 2022, Rudiger has already racked up 38 competitive appearances for the team. Despite his relative lack of exposure to the Real Madrid camp, the defender has become a real leader for the team.

Rudiger’s leadership qualities are evident in the Real Madrid locker room. When he speaks, his teammates listen attentively. It is clear that he has earned their respect through his performances on the pitch and his commitment to the team.

At the start of the season, Ancelotti opted for the centre-back duo of Alaba and Militao, but Rudiger’s impressive performances have convinced the coach to make changes.

The Rudiger-Militao partnership has been the team’s most successful defensive pairing, and it is with these two that the team records its best defensive numbers.

Rudiger’s commitment to the team has also been evident outside of the pitch. He agreed with Hansi Flick to be excluded from the German squad list to ensure he is fully fit for the decisive stretch of the season. This level of commitment has not gone unnoticed at the club.

The German international’s early success could be a boon for the club, while his experience could come in handy as Real Madrid look to invest in more young defensive talents in the coming summer. The club have been notably linked with a move for Josko Gvardiol, among others.

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Napoli weigh up summer swoop for 22-year-old Real Madrid academy product

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Napoli, under new manager Antonio Conte, are eager to reinforce their squad in the summer transfer window, with the centre-back department an area they are keen on strengthening.

As such, Real Madrid defender Rafa Marin, set to return from his loan spell, has emerged as a transfer target for the Serie A heavyweights, reports Mundo Deportivo.

Marin impressed on loan at Alaves

After signing a new contract with Real Madrid last year, Rafa Marin left the club to join Deportivo Alaves on loan.

The 22-year-old academy graduate made a solid impression on his loan spell with Alaves, making 35 appearances across all competitions.

Rafa Marin is a target for Napoli. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

Given how he had performed for Real Madrid Castilla in the past and his displays with Alaves, it was expected that Marin will likely have a spot in the first-team squad at the Santiago Bernabeu for next season.

Future depends on multiple factors

Marin’s future at Real Madrid seems to hinge on several factors, one of which happens to be captain Nacho Fernandez’s continuity at the club.

The veteran defender appeared to be on his way to Al-Ittihad, but recent reports suggest that the move has been cast into doubt.

If Nacho ends up staying, Marin might have to leave on loan again considering that Real Madrid are also trying to rope in Leny Yoro from Lille.

In that case, Napoli could be an option for the 22-year-old Real Madrid academy product while there are some Spanish clubs interested in his services as well.

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