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Real Sociedad boss praises of Real Madrid superstar ahead of clash: “He’s a difference maker”

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Speaking to the media ahead of his team’s La Liga clash against Real Madrid, Real Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil hailed Vinicius Jr as a ‘difference maker’ on the pitch.

Real Madrid will be looking for yet another win in the league on Tuesday night as they look to build momentum ahead of the Copa del Rey final against CA Osasuna at the weekend. And they will face Sociedad away at Reale Arena tomorrow night.

However, Carlo Ancelotti will be unable to call upon his key forward Vinicius Jr for the game as the winger is suspended after picking up his tenth yellow card of the season against Almeria.

When asked whether Vinicius’ absence will be felt by Real Madrid, Alguacil said that the Brazilian was a difference maker and was enjoying a fine season, but Real Madrid have other stars who can step up in his absence.

“Yes, because he’s been showing that he’s a difference maker, but sometimes when Vinicius is there, it’s other players who have won the match…,” the Real Sociedad manager said.

“It’s clear that he’s having a great season, as his numbers show, but when he doesn’t have his day, others appear and those others are going to be on the pitch.”

Furthermore, Alguacial also insisted that Real Madrid’s 4-2 defeat to Girona in their last away fixture was a one-off occurrence and that the reigning Spanish champions will not go down without a fight tomorrow, even if they have an eye on the cup final.

“No matter whether they have the final, a team like Madrid like to win everything and, even if they are missing some very important players, they are going to be a very, very competitive team,” he said.

“It’s crazy what this Real Madrid and this coach are doing! I’m convinced that it’s not going to be like Girona.

“I don’t think Madrid will have another slip-up like the one in Girona, it’s very difficult for it to happen twice in a row, so we’re going to see the best version of them, because they’re up against a great rival and we’ve earned their respect, they play differently.”

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Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal ready to make Real Madrid veteran the highest-paid defender – report

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A month ago, whispers began to circulate about Real Madrid’s star defender, Antonio Rudiger, drawing attention from Saudi Arabian football clubs. Initially, Rudiger appeared uninterested in the potential move. 

However, recent reports from SPORT reveal that he has now received multiple offers from the Middle East, notably from Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal, and these offers are lucrative enough to make him the highest-paid defender globally.

Currently, Real Madrid have no intention of parting ways with Rudiger. The player, in turn, seems content to stay with the Spanish giants. 

This mutual desire to remain united is understandable, especially given the circumstances of the past season. 

Injuries to key defenders Eder Militao and David Alaba left a significant void in Real Madrid’s defence, which Rudiger admirably filled. Despite being 31 years old, Rudiger’s exceptional performance last season has only increased his value.

Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal want Rudiger

Al-Nassr, a team that boasts stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo Brozovic, and Sadio Mane, is reportedly keen on adding Rudiger to their ranks. 

They currently have Aymeric Laporte as their primary defensive asset, but the dream of strengthening their defence with Rudiger is strong. 

Antonio Rudiger has no interest in leaving Real Madrid. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

The idea is to pair Rudiger with Laporte, creating a formidable defensive duo. The financial offer on the table for Rudiger is astronomical, designed to tempt him into forming a top-tier defensive partnership.

Similarly, Al-Hilal, are also in the hunt. Their goal is to bolster a defence that already features standout players like Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly. 

If Rudiger were to join Al-Hilal, he would be in the company of notable talents such as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Ruben Neves, Renan Lodi, and Bono.

Real Madrid and Rudiger are uninterested

Despite these enticing offers, Real Madrid remain firm in their decision not to sell Rudiger. The player himself is not inclined to leave La Liga. 

The departure of Nacho to Saudi Arabia’s Al-Qadsiah and the uncertain physical conditions of Alaba and Militao are pivotal reasons why Real Madrid are unwilling to consider letting go of their most dependable centre-back.

While the Saudi Arabian league is likely to continue its efforts to persuade all parties involved that Rudiger’s transfer would be mutually beneficial, the reality is that such an operation appears highly improbable. 

Rudiger’s value to Real Madrid, coupled with his own commitment to the club, makes any potential move a complex and unlikely scenario.

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