Although it hasn’t been made official yet, Antonio Rudiger agreed to sign for real Madrid before next season. Bayern Munich tried to bring his services to the German club but their attempt came too late. Christian Falk, ‘Bild’ journalist, reported the news.
He wrote: “A few days after the 1-1 with Villarreal in Munich, Hasan Salihamidzic has contacted representatives of Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger. Object of the call: The sporting director wanted to negotiate a contract. It was already too late. At the time, the defender’s signing for Real Madrid was almost complete“.
The Bavarian’s disappointment at being knocked out of the Champions League by Villarreal was the reason behind their hasty approach for Rudiger. Unai Emery’s men advanced to the semi-finals of this year’s competition where they were eliminated by Liverpool. The Reds will face Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid for the final in Paris.
It is precisely Ancelotti’s Madrid team that will welcome Rudiger into its ranks this summer, barring any last-minute surprises. At the opposite, Bayern now face an interesting summer. After Champions League and Cup disappointments, despite winning the Bundesliga, the feeling is that Julian Nagelsmann and his team need to improve. This could well be achieved by signing new players in the upcoming window.