German defender Antonio Rudiger is about to sign a four-year, 9 million euros per season contract with Real Madrid. The deal is all but confirmed, according to a report first published on MARCA and later confirmed by Fabrizio Romano.
Real Madrid and Antonio Rudiger have reached an agreement that only has a few details and formalities left to be completed so that, when the time is right, it can be made official.
After several months of back-and-forth negotiations, the centre-back will wear a white shirt from this summer onwards, barring any unexpected setbacks.
The soon-to-be ex-Chelsea player will arrive at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on a free transfer, as his current contract expires this June, and there has been no agreement on contract renewal.
Continuity at Stamford Bridge was always among the German’s priorities, but the sale of the club and the interest from many European giants kept him away from London.
In recent days, important details have been discussed, among the first being whether the deal is for four seasons or for four and an optional one, subject to a number of conditions.
Los Blancos could wait until the end of the season to announce Rudiger after giving his word to Tuchel that he would remain focused and professional until the end.
“He has no doubts and has made no doubts about it, he will play until the end of the season with everything he has,” Tuchel said after his side’s 1-0 win over West Ham this weekend.
“This is what he did from day one, and it’s what he will do until the last minute. I am 100 per cent sure.”
According to the reports, Rudiger will be paid around nine million euros net per season.
That amount, however, is not all. The signing bonus will be eight million euros, calculated at two per season.
With that, Rudiger’s salary will be 11 million euros per year, and the total sum is 44 million, 11 million less than what he was asking for.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti refused to divulge any details over the news of Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger’s expected move to Los Blancos at the end of the season.
However, the Italian pleaded ignorance when asked about the Blues centre-back’s possible transfer by joking in an interview.
“Who is this? He’s a Chelsea player. He’s still a Chelsea player. I cannot say anything about this,” Ancelotti said.