‘We don’t need him’: Some fans react as they reportedly lead race to sign £29m Chelsea player

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is receiving transfer links to Real Madrid – but some fans of the Spanish club have reacted by saying they don’t want to sign him.

According to Goal, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is keen to keep the 28-year-old at Stamford Bridge.

However, the centre-back’s current deal at the London club expires next summer.

The report explains that La Liga table toppers Madrid are regarded as the leaders in the race to sign him. Apparently, they lead Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain in the hunt for his signature. 

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Rudiger pivotal to Chelsea

There is no doubt that Rudiger is one of the first names in the starting line-up when Tuchel picks his Chelsea team each game. 

The Germany international has been performing at a level in 2021 that means he should be spoken about as one of the world’s most in-form defenders. 

He’s mastered the left-sided centre-back role in a back three, and the backline doesn’t look the same without him.

Graeme Le Saux even said earlier this month he reminds him of legendary Chelsea defender John Terry in some ways.

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Madrid fans not convinced

A selection of Madrid supporters on social media say they don’t need Rudiger at the Bernabeu next season.

There are some who believe they are currently well stacked in that position, with David Alaba and Eder Militao forming a great centre-back combination. Meanwhile, others suggest he only suits a back three system.

In fairness, Rudiger’s game has increased tenfold since he’s no longer playing in a back four.

Here are some Madrid fans discussing links to the Chelsea ace:

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