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Real Madrid make Antonio Rüdiger their ‘No. 1 priority’ for the January transfer window

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Real Madrid make Antonio Rudiger their ‘No. 1 priority’ for the January transfer window as Carlo Ancelotti aims to fill the void left by Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos

  • Antonio Rüdiger is Real Madrid’s main target for the January transfer window
  • The German international will not expire with the Blues next summer
  • Rüdiger rejected a new deal with the club worth around £125,000 a week
  • Real hope he will fill the void left by stars Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos











Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has reportedly emerged as Real Madrid’s main transfer target for the January period.

The Germany international is out of a contract with The Blues next summer after turning down a new deal worth around £125,000 a week.

That’s why Rudiger’s Real Madrid has their ‘No. 1 priority’ for next year as they believe he is able to fill the void left by the departures of Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos.

Chelsea’s Antonio Rüdiger has emerged as Real Madrid’s main target for January’s window

According to Spanish outlet Marca, Real Madrid are eager to sign Rudiger this winter on a free transfer.

It is believed that LaLiga giants will start negotiations with the Chelsea defender in January.

Carlo Ancelotti hopes Rudiger can fill the void left by Ramos – who joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer this summer – and Varane – who signed for Manchester United in a £36m deal.

Carlo Ancelotti's side will begin negotiations with the Chelsea defender in January

Carlo Ancelotti’s side will begin negotiations with the Chelsea defender in January

Varane signed for Manchester United in £36m deal

Ramos made a free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain this summer

Real Madrid got their ‘No. 1 priority’ for next year as they believe he is able to fill the void left by the departures of Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos

Together, Ramos and Varane – who played 16 and 10 seasons in Santiago Bernabeu respectively – won four Champions Leagues and three LaLiga titles.

Nevertheless, Rudiger’s credentials prove that he is worthy of a spot in the Real Madrid squad. The 28-year-old won 47 caps for Germany and played an important role in the Blues’ Champions League victory last season.

He has also won two FA Cups, the Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup since moving from Roma to the Premier League in 2017.

However, Real Madrid will have to fight against competition from Bayern Munich.

Rudiger's credentials prove he is worthy of a spot on the Real Madrid team.  He won 47 caps for Germany and was instrumental in the Blues Champions League victory

Rudiger’s credentials prove he is worthy of a spot on the Real Madrid team. He won 47 caps for Germany and was instrumental in the Blues Champions League victory

Rüdiger was previously asked to comment on rumors that he was on Bayern Munich’s radar. The defender said: he was ‘honoured’ to be linked to the Bavarian giants, but remained committed to Chelsea.

“Of course (Bayern’s interest) honors me and proves that I’ve done things right,” he said. ‘But I won’t be distracted.

“I have an obligation to my club to perform well. I have to prove myself every game and not be distracted by rumours. I make my decisions for myself. They don’t depend on anyone. I feel good where I am.’

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