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Antonio Rudiger ignored Barcelona for Real Madrid

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Antonio Rudiger (left) with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. | PHOTO: Getty Images |
  • New Real Madrid defender Antonio Rudiger ignored Real’s fierce rival Barcelona prior to the move to Santiago Bernabeau
  • Rudiger joined Real Madrid from Chelsea and was announced by the European Champions this week
  • The defender has revealed he had to turned down an offer for a move to Camp Nou

Antonio Rudiger has revealed he made his decision to sign for Real Madrid in April and snubbed Barcelona, declaring it was “Real or nothing.”

The Germany international has signed a four-year contract with the Champions League winners following the expiration of his contract with Chelsea, ending a five-year stint at Stamford Bridge.

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Antonio Rudiger was announced as new Real Madrid player this week after completing a move from Chelsea. | PHOTO: Getty Images |

His spell with the Blues saw him lift the Champions League in 2020-21, the FA Cup in 2017-18 and the Europa League in 2018-19, making over 200 appearances for the club in all competitions.

Rudiger explained that Madrid first made contact with his agent in September before a further follow-up in April, when he made the decision to join Carlo Ancelotti’s side – and added he rejected the advances of Los Blancos’ rivals Barca.

“The first time I spoke with Ancelotti was in April and that contact was very important, that’s when I decided to play for this club,” he told a news conference on Monday.

“Other people have contacted me, but I was convinced of what I wanted.

“Of course, there was an offer from Barcelona. But I told my brother [and agent] it’s Real or nothing.”

Antonio Rudiger

Antonio Rudiger speaking to the press after signing his contract as a new Real Madrid player completing a move from Chelsea. | PHOTO: Getty Images |

Capped 53 times by Germany, Rudiger faces a fight for a starting berth in Ancelotti’s team amid competition from the likes of Eder Militao and David Alaba, but the former Roma centre-back is ready to fight for his spot.

“Ancelotti told me that he wanted me at Real Madrid and that he trusted me and that he would depend on me. That’s enough for me,” the 29-year-old added.

“It’s Madrid and you can’t guarantee anything but I’m ready to fight to play.”

Ahead of his appearance in front of the media, Rudiger was handed the number 22 shirt for next season.

The jersey was vacated by Isco, who left Madrid after the expiration of his contract.

Nathan Sialah is a journalist by profession with interest in politics, sports, cryptocurrency and human interests with 5 years experience in Radio and Digital Journalism. This has helped Sialah develop a responsible approach to any task he undertakes or any situation that he is presented with.

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