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Real Madrid defender Rudiger reveals Barcelona interest after Chelsea exit - The Athletic

New Real Madrid defender Antonio Rudiger has revealed rivals Barcelona were among the clubs interested in signing him this summer.Rudiger, 29, was highly...

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New Real Madrid defender Antonio Rudiger has revealed rivals Barcelona were among the clubs interested in signing him this summer.

Rudiger, 29, was highly sought-after due to his availability as a free agent following his decision to leave Chelsea at the end of last season.

Real Madrid won the race to sign the Germany international with the reigning European champions tying him down to a four-year deal at the start of June.

However, Rudiger said during his official Real Madrid unveiling that there was also interest from his new side's main La Liga rivals.

“The first time I got in contact, not really me, my agent, was early September,” said Rudiger.

“The second time, I spoke with Mr Ancelotti, was in April. That was the most important moment. That was when I made my choice. I wanted to play for this club under him.

“There was interest from Barcelona but I told my brother, it’s Real or nothing.”

It is believed that Rudiger will earn between €9-10 million per year after tax — plus a signing-on fee — which is significantly more than he was being paid at Chelsea and what they offered to extend his stay.

Real Madrid signed Aurelien Tchouameni from Monaco for a total package worth more than €100 million earlier this month.

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