Antonio Rudiger Reveals Why He Rejected An Offer From Barcelona To Join Real Madrid. New Real Madrid signing Antonio Rudiger has revealed that he rejected an offer from Barcelona. The German was a free agent this summer after his contract at Chelsea expired at the end of last season.
Los Blancos swooped in quickly to secure the defender’s signature, and he was introduced to the public today as a player. After five seasons in England, the former AS Roma player relocates to Spain.
Rudiger said he had received offers from other teams during his unveiling today in Madrid. The German defender revealed that he had an offer from Real Madrid rival Barcelona but his mind was already set to join Madrid. Rudiger mentioned that his conversation with Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti convinced him to join the European Champions.
“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. 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.” He said.
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Rudiger went on to say that Carlo Ancelotti was a huge influence on his decision to join the club. “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. It’s Madrid and you can’t guarantee anything but I’m ready to fight to play.” Said Rudiger.
Antonio Rudiger had stated that he would have preferred to remain at Chelsea. However, once the Premier League club wasted time resuming contract talks, he did not feel significant enough.
“Unfortunately, my contract negotiations had already started to get difficult last fall. Business is business, but when you don’t hear any news from the club from August to January, the situation becomes complicated. After the first offer, there was a long gap of just nothing. We’re not robots, you know?” He said.