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Update On Real Madrid’s Pursuit Of This Chelsea Defender: Decent Signing For Los Blancos?

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In a recent report, The Telegraph offered an update on Real Madrid’s pursuit of Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger. It has been revealed that the Madrid players are expecting the arrival of the German international, whose contract talks with the Blues have stalled, on a free transfer at the end of this season.

Rudiger’s Impressive Run Of Form In English Football This Season

The 28-year-old is experiencing a solid campaign with the West London outfit and has been responsible for putting in a string of impressive performances at the heart of Thomas Tuchel’s defence. The Berlin-born talent has done well to score two goals and provide four assists in 23 matches for Chelsea this season across multiple competitions.

Rudiger has been a dominant presence at the back for the Blues as he is averaging 1.1 tackles, 1.0 interceptions and 2.4 clearances per 90 minutes in Premier League football.

The German defensive ace has even distributed the ball relatively well from inside his half, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 86.9% in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

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WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 19: Antonio Ruediger of Chelsea applauds fans after their sides draw during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea at Molineux on December 19, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Will Rudiger Be A Decent Signing For Real Madrid?

Rudiger can be a rock at the back when he is playing regularly on the field. He can use his powerful 1.90m to win a few important aerial duels for his team and is quite a threat inside the opponent’s penalty box during indirect set-pieces.

The German international can time his tackles well to make a few important interceptions on the defensive end of the field. He also doesn’t take too many risks when clearing the danger and is also proficient at playing his way out from the back.

Hence, Los Blancos would do well to acquire Rudiger’s services when he becomes a free agent at the end of this campaign. Carlo Ancelotti can expect the Chelsea star to add a lot of bite and steel to his defensive department.

At 28, Rudiger is playing at his prime and could help the Madrid giants continue competing for major honours in the coming seasons. All in all, the German sensation would be a good signing for Los Blancos to pursue as long as he is available on a free transfer next summer.

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