Carlo Ancelotti led Real Madrid to a tremendously successful 2021-22 season. The Italian manager, who took over the club last summer, guided the La Liga giants to a league and European double.
Meanwhile, Antonio Rudiger has stated that he rejected down a move to Barcelona in order to join Los Blancos. In other news, AC Milan has made a Bosman transfer bid for Marcelo.
Antonio Rudiger has disclosed that he turned down a move to Barcelona in order to play at the Santiago Bernabeu. The German defender had a fantastic run of play at Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel, but the Blues did not renew his contract.
During his formal news conference, Rudiger also stated (as reported by Marca) that a conversation with Ancelotti convinced him to join Real.
“There was (a call) from Barcelona. But I told my (agent) it was Real Madrid or nothing,” said Rudiger.
“The first time I got in contact, not myself but through my agent, was early September the first time. The second time was when I spoke with Ancelotti in April. I think that was the most important moment, to speak with Ancelotti and then I made my choice to play for this club and under him.”
Rudiger added that he’s hungry for success at the Santiago Bernabeu:
“I will give everything for the club, and I want to win as many trophies as possible. It’s all about winning at Real Madrid. This is what they’ve demonstrated over the past years. We all dream of winning the Champions League, and even with a lot of doubts from outside, they did the job last year,” said Rudiger.
“I don’t know how to describe Real Madrid’s Champions League run. It was unbelievable. I knew by the time of the final that I was going to be a Real Madrid player, so I was rooting for them. It also means we can compete next season for (the Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup).”
The German defender said that he is ready to challenge for a place in the starting XI at the club.
“Real Madrid are stacked with very good players, in my position as well. But I am confident. What do I bring? Competition, which is healthy for everyone and keeps everyone going. So, I’m looking forward to the challenge,” said Rudiger.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day, so I have to come here this first year and adapt. I will also do my best to communicate in Spanish.”