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Update On Real Madrid And Their Pursuit Of This Chelsea Defender: What Will He Bring To The Bernabeu?

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In a recent tweet, renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano offered an update on Real Madrid and their pursuit of Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger. It has been claimed that Los Blancos are close to coming to an agreement with the German centre-back but could face competition in the form of Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Manchester United in the race to land him this summer.

Rudiger’s Brilliant Run Of Form In English Football

Rudiger is experiencing a solid campaign at Stamford Bridge as he has been responsible for putting in a series of dominant displays at the heart of Thomas Tuchel’s defence. The German defensive ace has made 47 appearances for the Blues this season, scoring five goals and securing four assists in all competitions.

The 29-year-old has proven himself to be a rock at the back by averaging 1.3 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 2.6 clearances and 1.4 shots per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even been accurate when distributing possession from inside his half, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 87.8% in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

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MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 12: Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea is challenged by Rodrygo of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg Two match between Real Madrid and Chelsea FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 12, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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What Will Rudiger Bring To Real Madrid?

Rudiger is a dominant presence on the ball as he can use his strong 1.90m frame to win his fair share of aerial duels. He can time his challenges well to make a few solid interceptions inside his half. Furthermore, the German powerhouse usually clears the danger when the opposition are on the front foot.

Thus, it makes sense for Los Blancos to move in for the Chelsea star when his contract runs out at the end of this campaign. He will be a perfect low-risk, high-reward acquisition for the Spanish outfit to pursue this summer.

Rudiger will no doubt enhance the quality of Carlo Ancelotti‘s first XI as he will bring a lot of bite and steel to his defence. The German sensation could even go on to strike up a dominant partnership with Eder Militao at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

At 29, Rudiger is currently playing in his prime and is well-equipped to help the Madrid giants compete for some major trophies over the next few seasons.

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