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Rudiger talks Benzema, Vinicius, Kroos, Werner ahead of RB Leipzig vs Real Madrid

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The last time Antonio Rudiger stepped out for Real Madrid on a Champions League night, he put up a warrior’s display and scored an extraordinary last-minute equaliser to give his side one point against Shakhtar Donetsk.

Tomorrow, he will be in action in his homeland, Germany, as Los Merengues prepare to take on RB Leipzig.

The German international is expected to start in central defence on the night and will look to put up another no-nonsense performance. A win or a draw on the night secures Real Madrid the top spot in their group, and that will be the objective tomorrow.

Here are the snippets from Rudiger’s interaction with the press ahead of the anticipated clash in Germany.

On his commitment: “I will always give 100% at this club.”

On the opponents: “I feel good. Tomorrow we have a very strong opponent, with very fast players and a very strong striker like Werner.”

On his adaptation at his new club: “I am amazed at how quickly I have adapted at Real Madrid, big thanks to Kroos and Alaba.”

On the Ballon d’Or: “Benzema deserved the Ballon d’Or, and I’m proud to be in the top 30 too.”

On Real Madrid’s start to the season: “I’m happy with my performance so far, there’s a World Cup coming up, but we have a good team and I’m happy to be part of this club.”

On his injury: “I feel very good. Head hurt? I’ve never been a good-looking guy before (laughs), but I’m always ready to give everything I have for the team.”

On Vinicius Jr: “Vinicius is like a younger brother to me, he helps me with my Spanish, we understand each other very well. Vinicius is an excellent player, and I hope one day he will win the Ballon d’Or.”

On Toni Kroos’ future: “He’s a living legend at Real Madrid, everyone at the club respects him – he enjoys playing football, he’s always happy, that’s his decision when he retires. Germany will miss him at the World Cup.”

Source: Real Madrid Twitter

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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