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Real Madrid revive interest in Antonio Rudiger after impressive UCL display

Real Madrid have rekindled their interest in Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, according to a report from ESPN.

While said to be withdrawn from his pursuit earlier, Los Blancos were left impressed with his spectacular performance in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals at Santiago Bernabeu.

Rudiger was not at his best in the first leg against Carlo Ancelotti’s men, with the Blues losing the game 3-1.

However, the German international showed his real class in the return leg, scoring a goal, as well as putting in a solid display in the defence.

Despite losing the tie on an aggregate score of 4-3, Thomas Tuchel heaped praises on Rudiger’s world-class performance.

It has turned the heads of Madrid, who have identified the 29-year-old as a top target to strengthen their defence.

Rudiger’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires this summer, and he is demanding higher wages to continue, which leaves his future wide open.

Furthermore, Rudiger’s continuity depends on the new owners of the Blues, who are likely to complete the takeover by the end of next month.

The West Londoners are determined to keep hold of the German international, as they are set to lose Andreas Christensen while Thiago Silva is in the twilight of his career.

Madrid could face competition from arch-rivals Barcelona and Serie A giants Juventus for Rudiger’s signature.

Los Blancos managed to lure David Alaba to Bernabeu on a free transfer last summer while he had been in negotiations with Bayern Munich over a new deal.

The deal has completely paid off as the Austrian international has made a significant impact in his debut season. Now the Spanish giants are looking to repeat the same with Rudiger.

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