Real Madrid tie Rüdiger until 2026

Antonio Rüdiger, celebrating the goal he scored at the Santiago Bernabéu. / Juanjo Martin (Efe)

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The German center-back, who was ending his contract with Chelsea, was a request from Ancelotti to reinforce the white team's rearguard

Oscar Bellot

Antonio Rüdiger will wear the Real Madrid shirt next season. The Chamartín club has tied the center-back until 2026, although he will not make his signing official until after the Champions League final that will measure the whites against Liverpool in Paris on May 28. The German, whose contract with Chelsea expired on June 30, was a request from Carlo Ancelotti, who wanted to strengthen the axis of the rear and appreciated a great market opportunity in the situation of the former Roma.

Real Madrid had been behind Rüdiger for many months, an expeditious defender, fast and very powerful in the physical section who, at 29 years old, wanted to embark on a new professional adventure, after five seasons at Chelsea that helped him become one of the best defenders in the Premier League. The negotiations undertaken with his representative initially ran into a great obstacle in the high emoluments requested by the German, who aspired to collect some 12 million euros net per season, to which a succulent signing premium would have to be added when he was free of contract.

These claims caused the entity chaired by Florentino Pérez to cool down the negotiations while other candidates such as Juventus courted the footballer. But in recent weeks two factors have come together that have ended up bringing the operation to fruition. On the one hand, Ancelotti's interest in reinforcing a plot in which Éder Militao and David Alaba have been permanent this campaign, with Nacho as a fully guaranteed replacement but with a residual role for Jesús Vallejo, the fourth central defender on the payroll. And, on the other hand, a substantial reduction in Rüdiger's salary aspirations, who according to some information will receive around 7 million euros net plus a bonus for each of the four seasons in which he will wear the Real Madrid jersey.

The institutional crisis that Chelsea went through as a result of the sanctions imposed against Román Abramóvich and that ended up precipitating the sale of the London club to a group headed by the American Todd Boehly, co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team and Los Angeles shareholder Lakers, left the 'blues' out of the equation, eliminated from the Champions League precisely by Real Madrid in a quarterfinal match in which the goal that Rüdiger scored at the Santiago Bernabéu was worth nothing to Thomas Tuchel's team .

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It was after that tie that Rüdiger's name reappeared on Florentino Pérez's table and negotiations intensified, the last fringes of which were closed last week. The Teutonic center-back underwent a medical examination this Tuesday, thus completing the last procedure necessary for the signing of a contract that makes him Real Madrid's first signing for the 2022-2023 campaign. The only thing that remains is for the club to make his incorporation official, something that will not happen until after the Champions League final and probably before the German concentrates with his team for the commitments that the 'Mannschaft has in June ', corresponding to the first four days of the League of Nations.

The arrival of Rüdiger is a new blow for Real Madrid, who already carried out a similar maneuver last summer when they recruited David Alaba, who was ending his contract with Bayern Munich, without having to pay a transfer fee and filled the gap left by the march by Sergio Ramos.

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