NewslettersSign inAPP
spainSPAINargentinaARGENTINAchileCHILEcolombiaCOLOMBIAusaUSAmexicoMEXICOperuPERUlatin usaLATIN USAamericaAMERICA

SOCCER

Real Madrid’s Rüdiger: Barcelona wanted me too, but it was Real or nothing

Speaking at his unveiling as a Real Madrid player, former Chelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger said he wasn’t interested in a move to Los Blancos’ arch rivals.

Update:
Speaking at his unveiling as a Real Madrid player, former Chelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger says he wasn’t interested in a move to Los Blancos’ arch rivals.
Europa Press SportsGetty

New Real Madrid signing Antonio Rüdiger says he was also approached by Barcelona, but insists he was only interested in a move to the Bernabéu.

The Germany international has signed a four-year contract with the Champions League winners following the expiry of his contract with Chelsea, ending a five-year stint at Stamford Bridge.

His spell with the Blues saw him lift the Champions League in 2020-21, the FA Cup in 2017-18 and the Europa League in 2018-19, making over 200 appearances for the club in all competitions.

“I told my brother: it’s Real or nothing”

Rüdiger explained that Madrid first made contact with his agent in September before a further follow-up in April, when he made the decision to join Carlo Ancelotti’s side – and added he rejected the advances of Los Blancos’ rivals Barça.

“The first time I spoke with Ancelotti was in April and that contact was very important, that’s when I decided to play for this club,” he told a news conference on Monday.

“Other people have contacted me, but I was convinced of what I wanted. Of course, there was an offer from Barcelona. But I told my brother [and agent] it’s Real or nothing.”

Capped 53 times by Germany, Rüdiger faces a fight for a starting berth in Ancelotti’s team amid competition from the likes of Eder Militão and David Alaba, but the former Roma centre-back is ready to fight for his spot.

“Ancelotti told me that he wanted me at Real Madrid and that he trusted me and that he would depend on me. That’s enough for me,” the 29-year-old added. “It’s Madrid and you can’t guarantee anything but I’m ready to fight to play.”

Rüdiger takes Isco’s 22 shirt at Real Madrid

Ahead of his appearance in front of the media, Rüdiger was handed the number 22 shirt for next season. The jersey was vacated by Isco, who left Madrid after the expiry of his contract.

Rules

To be able to comment you must be registered and logged in. Forgot password?