Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has already spoken about the playing style of Carlo Ancelotti ahead of his proposed summer switch to Real Madrid as a free agent this summer.
The German central defender season, arguably Chelsea’s player of the season, is among a number of high-profile names whose contracts are due to run out at the end of the season.
Following the Blues’ 1-0 win over London rivals West Ham on Sunday, which Rudiger missed due to groin and hamstring issues, Thomas Tuchel confirmed that the player would be leaving the club at the end of the season.
Tuchel told reporters after the late victory over the Hammers: “Toni, the media is on it – his situation is that he wants to leave the club. He informed me of this in a private talk. We gave everything – me and the club – but we could not fight anymore because of the sanctions.
“Without the sanctions, we would at least be able to carry on fighting, but our hands are tied. We don’t take it personally. It is his decision…he is a key figure and will stay that way until the end of the season. But it is disappointing. We will miss him a lot. He gives courage in the dressing room. The kind everyone is afraid of, but the kind to play 50-55 games at an outstanding level. He is a top defender in the last one and a half years for me. We then need to find another solution.”
There are likely to be several defensive departures from the Blues this summer with Andreas Christensen believed to have agreed a switch to Barcelona as a free agent and the future of Cesar Azpiliceuta also uncertain. Rudiger is now tipped to make the switch to the Spanish capital.
The German international spoke of his potential new boss Ancelotti just over a year ago, when the Italian was preparing his side to face Chelsea. It appears that the two are likely to work together in Madrid next season for the first time.
According to AS, Rudiger is a fan of Ancelotti and could be convinced to depart for Madrid.
The Spanish outlet reports that ‘the club waits in silence’ but are ready to pounce if Rudiger becomes available.
AS also state that Rudiger ‘likes a lot those responsible for the sports areas of Real Madrid’, and could be convinced into moving to Spain if he departs Chelsea.
Los Blancos had previously been reported as ‘happy to wait’ for Rudiger until the end of the season when he becomes a free agent.