Real Madrid: 3 dream centre back targets for 2022

Real Madrid, David Alaba (Photo by JOHANN GRODER/EXPA/AFP via Getty Images)
Real Madrid, David Alaba (Photo by JOHANN GRODER/EXPA/AFP via Getty Images) /
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Chelsea, Antonio Rudiger
Chelsea, Antonio Rudiger (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) /


Antonio Rudiger will reach free agency at the end of the ongoing season and as such, he is allowed to negotiate a transfer to any club out of England. The player is in a contract deadlock with Chelsea and Real Madrid are one of the parties interested in signing him on a Bosman deal. The Whites will try to sign a second free agent in as many years to provide cover to their backline.

Rudiger has been one of Chelsea’s most crucial players in recent years. He was incredible as they won the Champions League last season under Thomas Tuchel and has carried his form into the new season, in which Chelsea are once again playing some fantastic football. He was also a revelation in the European Championship last summer for his national side, Germany.

If Los Blancos can manage to get him for free, he would be another stunning signing. While a lot has been made about his adaptability to a back four, it must be noted that Rudiger is a very experienced defender and will not have the role he has at Chelsea should he sign for Real Madrid. Both teams play a very different brand of football, but Rudiger will surely succeed in Spain due to his talent.

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He is also at the prime of his career and has a good four or five years ahead of him, subject to him maintaining a good level of fitness. In addition to that, his experience will come handy for Real Madrid, just like Alaba’s has come, and could once again provide Real Madrid with three elite defenders to choose from as they did some years back.