Antonio Rudiger has revealed he made his decision to sign for Real Madrid in April and snubbed Barcelona, declaring it was “Real or nothing.”
The German international has signed a four-year contract with the UEFA Champions League-winning club following the end of his five-year contract with Chelsea, ending at Stamford Bridge.
His spell with the Blues saw him lift the UEFA Champions League in 2020-21, the FA Cup in 2017-18, and the Europa League in 2018-19, making more than 200 team appearances in all competitions.
Rudiger explained that Madrid first contacted his agent in September before being followed up again in April, when he decided to join Carlo Ancelotti’s side – and added that he was rejecting the development of Los Blanco’s rivals Barca.
“The first time I spoke to Ancelotti was in April and that communication was very important, that’s when I decided to play for the club,” he told a news conference on Monday.
“Some people contacted me, but I was convinced of what I was looking for.
“Yes, there was a gift from Barcelona. But I told my brother [and agent] whether it was real or not.”
A total of 53 times scored by Germany, Rudiger is facing the first battle for Ancelotti’s side during a competition from the likes of Eder Militao and David Alaba, but the former Roman defender is ready to fight for his place.
“Ancelotti told me he wanted me at Real Madrid and that he trusted me and that he would depend on me. That was enough for me,” the 29-year-old added.
“It’s Madrid and you can’t guarantee anything but I’m ready to fight to play.”
Prior to her appearance in the media, Rudiger was given the number 22 shirt next season.
The jersey was left by Isco who left Madrid after the end of his contract.