Antonio Rudiger decides ‘it is time to leave’ Chelsea and sets Real Madrid transfer demand

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Antonio Rudiger has reportedly decided he will leave Chelsea and wants to join Real Madrid in the summer. Rudiger is out of contract at Chelsea at the end of the season. The German has been one of the best defenders in the Premier League this term but has been unable to agree terms on a new deal at Stamford Bridge.

Rudiger is one of four Chelsea defenders whose deals are expiring at the end of June.

Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen are the other three in the same position.

But the loss of Rudiger could be the most damaging of the lot.

The former Roma star has been the standout player at the back for the Blues in the first half of this season.

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But it appears his time in west London is coming towards an end.

Spanish outlet ABC reports there is interest from both Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain in Rudiger.

But it is Real Madrid where the 28-year-old would prefer to move.

Real signed David Alaba on a free transfer last summer, with a signing on fee of around £16.7m (€20m).

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ABC claims Rudiger will demand the same amount from Real to move to the Bernabeu.

The centre-back has decided it is ‘time to leave’ Chelsea and will not renew his current contract.

Real plan to offer a new contract to their current defender Eder Militao, to increase his annual salary to around £7.1m (€8.5m).

ABC claims Rudiger will earn the same amount if he joins Los Blancos.

Chelsea boss Tuchel was full of praise for Rudiger’s performances on the pitch when asked in early December.

However, he was unable to provide an update on his compatriot’s future at the club.

“It is super important and as I understood, like myself and everybody else, we absolutely accept and are fully aware of the importance of Toni and the role that he’s playing on and off the pitch,” said Tuchel.

“There is no doubt about that.

“It’s true that nobody is bigger than the club and this is a team effort and a strong club and it is also about the club. It’s not only about Toni and I mean that in the best way because we know what he’s doing and we’re fully aware of it.

“In the end, we need a bit of patience. I have no update right now.”

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