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Real Madrid In Talks To Land This Chelsea Defender: Should Ancelotti Get Him On Board?

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In a recent tweet, renowned journalist Rudy Galetti mentioned that Real Madrid are in talks to land Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger. It has been claimed that Los Blancos have intensified their efforts to recruit the German centre-back who has got just over six months remaining in his contract at Stamford Bridge.

Rudiger’s Solid Form At Stamford Bridge This Season

Rudiger has enjoyed a rich vein of form for Chelsea this season after producing a run of dominant performances at the centre of Thomas Tuchel’s defence. The 28-year-old has netted two goals and picked up four assists in 23 matches for the Blues during this campaign in multiple competitions. 

The German defensive ace has been a rock at the back for the West London club as he is averaging 1.1 tackles, 1.0 interceptions and 2.4 clearances per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even been excellent when distributing possession from the back, based on his pass completion rate of 86.9% in the English top-flight (stats via whoscored).

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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 28: Antonio Ruediger of Chelsea reacts after the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on November 28, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images )
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Should Real Madrid Get Rudiger On Board Next Year?

Rudiger has established himself as a solid defender at the centre of the Chelsea backline. He is a solid tackler of the ball and can sense the danger quickly to secure the ball back for his side. 

The German international doesn’t shy away from putting his foot through the ball when needed and is a strong presence in the air as well. He is also an aerial threat inside the opposition penalty box during his team’s indirect set-pieces.

Rudiger will definitely add a lot of quality to Real Madrid’s defensive department. He even has what it takes to form a solid centre-back partnership with David Alaba at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

At 28, Rudiger is playing at the top of his game, so we can expect him to make an immediate impact at the Spanish capital if Los Blancos can devise a way to land him. With all things considered, Ancelotti should consider getting the Chelsea powerhouse on board at the end of this season as he might help the Madrid giants maintain their dominance in La Liga over the next few seasons.

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