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Rudiger talks Bellingham, Camavinga, Vinicius, Real Madrid future: “Want to continue for a long time”

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Real Madrid defender Antonio Rudiger has said that Jude Bellingham’s reputation within the club is extraordinary, adding that he is very mature for a player of his age.

Bellingham has made quite an impact at Real Madrid ever since arriving from Borussia Dortmund for an initial €103 million fee.

In 18 games across all competitions, the young England international has scored 16 goals, including two strikes and one assist in his last three games.

“When you talk to Jude Bellingham, you feel like you are talking to a man. What I like the most about him? He is not selfish, he does things that allow him to progress and benefit the team,” the defender told DAZN.

“Bellingham’s reputation in this club at this age is unbelievable – I say to myself ‘How much pressure will he have if he doesn’t score in two matches’, here people will wonder what is going on if that happens,” he added.

The former Chelsea and Roma defender was also asked to pick his Real Madrid five-a-side team and the likes of Eduardo Camavinga and Vinicius Jr. made the cut along with veterans Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, and Dani Carvajal.

He also added while the young players in the squad are doing a fantastic job, he has urged them to have fun on the pitch.

“Young players like Camavinga, Vini Jr, and Bellingham are performing well, but at the same time, they are young and want to have fun. This mixture of fun with seriousness is good and very beneficial for the group.”

Rudiger loves a good challenge

Rudiger is a mainstay in Real Madrid’s defence. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

The Real Madrid defender has clocked more than 1700 minutes across all competitions this season and it is certainly not due to the fact that Eder Militao is going to miss a majority of the campaign.

Rather, the German international has proved his worth, making him an obvious choice for Carlo Ancelotti.

Despite the continued minutes and lack of rest, the defender, who is expected to sit on the bench against Union Berlin, has said that he loves challenging tough opponents.

“It is what I live for. Those are the moments I love – when all odds are against you when everyone talks against you. This is how it was with Haaland. I live for those moments.”

“It is tough to defend against tall players like [Erling] Haaland or [Victor] Osimhen, but I prefer to play against players of this height – rather than players of the height like [Lionel] Messi for example,” he added.

Lastly, he also admitted that he feels extremely comfortable at Real Madrid and wants to continue in the Spanish capital for a long time.

“I feel very comfortable here at Real Madrid – I want to continue at this club for a long time.”

“People in Madrid are calm, I am simply very comfortable. You do not hear any sound in the traffic – the people, the weather, everything is great,” he explained.

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‘Winning is what Real Madrid demands’ – Rudiger, Vinicius, Camavinga speak ahead of UCL final

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Today happens to be the UEFA open media day at Real Madrid ahead of this weekend’s UEFA Champions League finals against Borussia Dortmund in London.

As part of the media day, Real Madrid stars, Antonio Rudiger, Vinicius Jr., and Eduardo Camavinga, spoke to the club’s official channels to discuss the upcoming match and what they are expecting from it.

Rudiger on what it means to play for Real Madrid

Rudiger, who is in his second season as a Real Madrid player, outlined what it meant to play for the club and the demands that come with it, saying:

“For me, it’s very important to have good energy in the dressing room. Playing for this club is a dream come true. I try to enjoy it and that’s why I try to show my best version.

“Winning is what Real Madrid demands. All the best players want to come here and play these games.”

On facing his former team Dortmund in the UCL finals on Sunday, Rudiger remarked: “It will be a difficult game, it’s a final. They will be very well prepared, they are very dangerous on the counter-attack and in strategic plays.

“We have to be in good shape, be disciplined and score one more goal than them. We must not underestimate any of our opponents.”

Vinicius Jr. ready for a crucial week

Vinicius Jr., who is a strong contender to win the Ballon d’Or this year, insisted that this week was one of the most important ones of the season, saying:

“It’s a very important week and hopefully we can win again. We always think about winning. Hopefully, I can score, but the most important thing is to win. It’s a unique game and we have to start strong from the beginning.

“We’ve only lost two games and hopefully we can finish the season like this.”

Vinicius, Camavinga can’t wait for the UCL final. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

On his own game, the Brazilian added: “I’ve never been afraid of losing the ball and that’s what got me here. Not every player can wear this shirt or train with these legends. The togetherness of this team makes us happy.

On facing Dortmund, Vinicius remarked: “The German players are always difficult and they are very close to me, but we’ll see what the coach prepares to do the best.”

Camavinga looking forward to the UCL final

Meanwhile, Eduardo Camavinga stated that he could not wait for the day to come, unable to contain his excitement to play in the UCL final.

“I just want it to be Saturday already to play these kind of matches. We always want more and we want to win the final. We are playing in a mythical stadium, but I just want to win,” he said.

Discussing the team’s preparation for the Dortmund encounter, he added: “We have more concentration because it’s a final. During this week we are going to do everything to prepare for the final. We have a strong team and with good players it is easier to play.

“I thank the fans for their support and we want to win the 15th for you.”

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