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Antonio Rudiger to join Real Madrid on four-year deal

Antonio Rudiger, Chelsea
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The Chelsea defender will reportedly leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

Real Madrid have signed Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer, according to reports confirmed by multiple sources.

Following lengthy negotiations with the experienced defender, Chelsea confirmed Rudiger’s departure earlier this month. The player has now found his new destination as he is set to continue his career at Santiago Bernabeu.

According to the Athletic, Rudiger has already signed a four-year contract with the Blancos. The English outlet claims the Chelsea defender will earn between €9-10 million per year after tax.

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Rudiger will reportedly have a €400 million release clause in his contract, with Real Madrid reportedly planning to announce the signing after the Champions League final.

In addition to Rudiger, Chelsea will most likely see Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta leave Stamford Bridge in the upcoming transfer window.

The English giants are unable to sign new contracts due to the sanctions. However, they have already started their efforts to replace the departing defenders.

According to Goal, Chelsea are considering to replace Rudiger with RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol. However, other options, including Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, Paris Saint-Germain’s Presnel Kimpembe, and Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez, are also not off the table.