Antonio Rudiger reaches verbal agreement to join Real Madrid


Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has reportedly reached a verbal agreement with Real Madrid over a move to the Bernabeu this summer.

Rudiger, 29, is out of contract at the end of the season and Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed the central defender is planning to leave on a free transfer.

A number of European football’s top clubs have been linked with the German international, including Manchester United, Barcelona, PSG, and Real Madrid.

According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid are close to winning the race to sign Rudiger.

“Real Madrid has reached a verbal agreement with Antonio Rudiger,” tweeted Romano.

“Contract not signed yet – but Real Madrid are now closing on Rudiger deal on a free: here we go soon! #RealMadrid

“It’s gonna be a long-term deal. Final details to be discussed soon, before signing the contract.”

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