'Certainly not': Darren Bent thinks £100k-a-week Chelsea player has been taking unfair criticism recently

Darren Bent has launched a defence of Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger by claiming his transfer links to Real Madrid is not solely financially drive.

Blues manager Thomas Tuchel confirmed on the weekend that Rudiger is leaving Stamford Bridge at the end of this season when his contract runs out.

This comes around a similar time that a report claims Spanish giants Real Madrid are close to securing a deal to sign the 29-year-old Chelsea defender.

TalkSPORT’s Simon Jordan has since delivered a strong rant about the German centre-back being greedy.

However, fellow talkSPORT pundit Bent disagrees completely with his take. He’s raised the point that Madrid are still a European powerhouse with a tremendous pulling power.

“I think if you go to Real Madrid it’s certainly not about greed. I get it’s a lot of money. The money side of it what he’s getting, what his agent is getting, doesn’t bother me in the slightest,” Bent told talkSPORT.

“The fact he is going to one of the most iconic clubs ever in Real Madrid, that have won more European cups than anyone, I don’t think you can simply throw ‘you’re just going for money’ because he’s going to Real Madrid. Still by name, they’re arguably the biggest club in the world. I’m sure money has swayed it a little bit, but it’s Real Madrid come on. How can you turn your nose up at that?”

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Rudiger’s Chelsea legacy

With Rudiger entering his final set of games as a Chelsea player, it’s going to be interesting to see how he’s remembered by the fanbase.

It’s not always been plain sailing for the German centre-half during five years at the London club, but his form in the past 18 months has been truly outstanding.

He was a vital player in the side that won the Champions League last season. Also, he won the Europa League under Maurizio Sarri in 2019.

The aggressive defender boasts one FA Cup medal as well and has the chance to double that tally in next month’s final at Wembley Stadium against Liverpool.

He’s a massive fan favourite due to his passion, craziness and aggressiveness on the football pitch. For certain, it’s going to be a very tall order for someone to replace him in the starting line-up.

It’s going to be intriguing to see how he can perform for Madrid, if he joins them, in a new system.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.