Carlo Ancelotti has kept quiet about Real Madrid’s interest in Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.
Rudiger’s contract expires at the end of the season, and 90min has been reporting for some time that the Blues were prepared to lose their star center-back. Following considerable conjecture, Thomas Tuchel eventually revealed that his compatriot will be departing the club in the summer.
Real feel confident in their ability to close a deal. When asked about the club’s interest after Los Blancos’ 4-3 Champions League semi-final first-leg loss to Manchester City, Ancelotti quipped that he had never heard of the player.
“Who is this?” he asked, laughing. “He’s a Chelsea player, and he’ll always be a Chelsea player. I have nothing to say about it.”
Ancelotti went on to concede that his team had struggled to defend on Tuesday night, emphasizing the need of bringing in defensive reinforcements.
Rudiger has had conversations with numerous teams in 2022, including Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, and Juventus, but Real Madrid believes they are in pole position to sign him. Manchester United is also interested, but a lack of Champions League football is likely to derail this deal.