Chelsea’s defender Antonio Rudiger has agreed to join Real Madrid this summer on a free transfer, according to reports.
Rudiger is out of contract at the end of the season and has not been able to agree a new deal with his current club.
While he had been linked to Real Madrid and other clubs for much of the last season, the 29-year-old German international could not be offered fresh terms once sanctions were placed upon Chelsea due to Roman Abramovich’s ownership.
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The Athletic has now reported that Rudiger has signed a pre-contract agreement on a deal that will run until 2026, on a salary of €9-10 million per year after tax, as well as a signing-on fee.
The website goes on to report a €400 million release clause, with an official confirmation expected after the Champions League final, where Real will play Liverpool.
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Chelsea may also lose Andreas Christensen in similar circumstances, with the 26-year-old Danish international central defender also linked with a switch to La Liga.
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