Real Madrid players expect Antonio Rudiger to choose the Bernabeu

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There are expectations among the Real Madrid squad that Chelsea midfielder Antonio Rüdiger will move to the Santiago Bernabéu this summer on a free transfer, with talks about a new contract in west London still in a deadlock.

90min revealed earlier this month that Chelsea have now resigned to lose the German for nothing when his contract expires at the end of the season. Negotiations on a new contract have been stagnant for a long time, with the Blues’ latest offer far from matching Rüdiger’s desire to become one of the club’s highest paid players.

The defender is free to sign a pre-contract with a European club in January, and as many as 11 top teams compete for the 28-year-old’s signature, including Bayern Munich and Chelsea’s Premier League rivals Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham.

However, the Telegraph has revealed that there is a growing confidence among the Real Madrid squad that the German national team player will choose to move to the Bernabéu at the end of his contract.

Rüdiger knows Real stars Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois from his time at Chelsea, while he is also friends with former Bayern defender David Alaba, who he failed to convince to move to Stamford Bridge last summer.

The report adds that Chelsea can still increase their offer to Rüdiger – whose demand is around 300,000 pounds per week – but the club does not want to be faced with redemption due to the precedent that can create and the effect it can have in the dressing room.

Rüdiger has been in imperialist form since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as Chelsea’s head coach in January and switched to a back three. He was a key player in the Champions League triumph last season and has continued to look unplayable at times in 2021/22.

While Tuchel will be reluctant to lose his compatriot, he will be confident that the Blues are confident of making new deals for both Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta – two defenders who are also out of contract at the end of the season.

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