Antonio Rudiger has admitted that Barcelona were interested in acquiring his services

Antonio Rudiger has admitted that Barcelona were interested in acquiring his services

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20 Jun 2022
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The Germany international revealed that he had no intention to join the Blaugrana and stressed that Real Madrid were the only Spanish team he was willing to join.

‘Real Madrid or nothing’

Antonio Rudiger has admitted that Barcelona were interested in acquiring his services before he decided to leave Chelsea and join Real Madrid on a free transfer this summer. The Germany international revealed that he had no intention to join the Blaugrana and stressed that Real Madrid were the only Spanish team he was willing to join. “There was a call from Barcelona,” Rudiger said during his introductory press conference on Monday. “But I told my agent it was Real Madrid or nothing.” Rudiger also admitted that his representative made contact with Real Madrid back in September and that he spoke to coach Carlo Ancelotti in April. “The first time I got in contact, not myself but through my agent, was early September the first time,” he noted.

Rudiger wants to win as many trophies as possible

“The second time was when I spoke with Ancelotti in April. I think that was the most important moment, to speak with Ancelotti, and then I decided to play for this club and under him.” Rudiger later revealed that he supported Real Madrid in the Champions League final against Liverpool in Paris, as he was already aware that he would join Los Blancos ahead of next season. “I will give everything for the club, and I want to win as many trophies as possible,” Rudiger noted. “It’s all about winning at Real Madrid. This is what they’ve demonstrated over the past years. We all dream of winning the Champions League, and even with many doubts from outside, they did the job last year. I don’t know how to describe Real Madrid’s Champions League run. It was unbelievable.”

“I knew by the time of the final that I would be a Real Madrid player, so I was rooting for them. It also means we can compete next season for the Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup.” Despite Eder Militao, David Alaba and Nacho Fernandez all competing for two spots in Real Madrid’s central defence, Rudiger acknowledged that he is confident he can become an undisputed starter at Los Blancos. “Real Madrid are stacked with outstanding players, in my position as well,” Rudiger admitted. “But, I am confident. What do I bring? Competition, which is healthy for everyone and keeps everyone going. So, I’m looking forward to the challenge. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so I must come here this first year and adapt. I will also do my best to communicate in Spanish.”

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