‘I know for a fact’: Journalist claims players of a foreign club are certain Chelsea star will sign for them

Matt Law of The Telegraph stated that members of Real Madrid’s dressing room are confident they will be calling Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger a teammate soon.

Speaking on the London is Blue podcast, Law declared the stance of Madrid players in regards to a potential link-up with Rudiger next season.

Is Rudiger on the move to Madrid?

The German international is edging ever close to an exit from Stamford Bridge, as his contractual situation has still not been resolved.

In order to renew his deal, the centre-back wants a pay rise to accurately reflect how well he’s performed in the past 12 months.

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Chelsea simply won’t budge on their proposed amount, meaning a standoff continues to ensue.

If the issue is not resolved by next week, Rudiger will be able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs from the 1st of January.

Madrid are said to be in the best position to land the 28-year-old as a free agent in the summer, which would be a massive coop for Los Blancos.

Seemingly, those stored within the Bernabeu have already started planning a life with the former Roma man by their side.

“Real Madrid players, I know for a fact, and let’s face it, some of those players may have played for Chelsea in the past, they think Antonio Rudiger is joining them,” claimed Law.

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“How they might think that or how they might know that, I’m not going to speculate because I don’t want to get myself into a legal mind field.

“But, there are players at Real Madrid who fully expect Antonio Rudiger to become their teammate.”

Real possibilities

Of course, the people to have previously played for Chelsea in question are Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois.

Blues fans waved goodbye to one with great sadness, the other with salty animosity.

Yet, both ended up in La Liga and could well be persuading Rudiger to do the same.

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Although, Hazard’s experience in Madrid might put off the German from embarking on a mission across the continent.

If not Spain’s capital, then Rudiger could choose from a number of cities to call his new home if he leaves the Blues.

Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are all said to be interested.

If he doesn’t want to change scenery too much, Manchester United have also been mentioned as possible suitors.

The world is quite literally Antonio’s oyster, right now.

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"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."