Antonio Rudiger agrees to join Real Madrid on a 4year deal

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Antonio Rudiger agrees Real Madrid deal ahead of Chelsea exit

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has reached an agreement with Real Madrid to join the Spanish champions on a free transfer in the summer.

Rudiger will officially join Real on July 1 on a four-year deal understood to be worth €400,000 (£342,000) per week.

The Germany international’s Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season and Blues boss Thomas Tuchel revealed last month the defender had decided to reject a new deal at Stamford Bridge.

A number of clubs across Europe – including in the Premier League – were interested in Rudiger. However, Real were the first club to formally express an interest in signing him this summer, and the 29-year-old is thought to be flattered and impressed by Real’s pursuit.

Rudiger’s representatives held talks with Barcelona earlier this season, while he had also been linked with Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.

John Terry, the former Chelsea captain, expressed his disappointment at Rudiger’s impending exit last month. Replying to Sky Sports’ Instagram post regarding the Germany international, Terry wrote: “How have we let this man go?”

Remaining at Chelsea was a possibility for Rudiger, but the sanctions placed on the club’s owner Roman Abramovich made talks over extending his deal impossible.

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