In the battle for the London giants centre-back Antonio Rudiger, Real Madrid have been joined by Bayern Munich and Juventus, even as the German tactician pushes Chelsea to hand the defender a new deal. Germany international has been with the Blues since 2017 when the defender arrived from Roma.
While Rudiger was a regular in the side for the first couple of campaigns at Chelsea, the defender found himself dropping down the pecking order of things under Frank Lampard. Antonio was pretty much frozen out at times, leading to speculations over his future, although he did end up staying put.
It was only after the German coach took over from Frank Lampard that the 28-year-old centre-back was reintegrated back into the starting line-up at Stamford Bridge, and he has not looked back since.
The German centre-back has been one of the pillars of strength in this Chelsea team, playing a crucial role in their UEFA Champions League success last term and the UEFA Super Cup win earlier this campaign.
Antonio’s form has seen him become one of the most important footballers under the German coach, but with his contract running out next year, the Blues are in a precarious situation with regards to his future.
While the coach is pushing for a new contract, Los Blancos are waiting in the wings to pounce and sign the German centre-back on a free transfer in case a new contract is not agreed upon.