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Rüdiger: “There was interest from Barça, but I said Real Madrid or nothing”

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“I decided to play for Real Madrid when I spoke to Ancelotti”


German footballer Antonio Rüdiger has announced he has decided to play for Real Madrid after speaking with coach Carlo Ancelotti in April, confirming that FC Barcelona are “interested” in his signing and declaring that he “ready” to be “fight” for his place in the team.

“The first contact between Real Madrid and my agent was in September last year. In April I spoke directly to Ancelotti and I think that contact was the most important moment because that’s when I decided to play for Real Madrid.” ” he explained in his presentation at Real Madrid City.

In addition, the Germany international, who is signing for the next four seasons, revealed details of the conversation. “He told me he wanted me here, that he trusted me and that I could help a lot. At my age, that’s enough, we’re talking about Mr. Ancelotti! I’m ready to fight for my place,” he said.

Despite having spoken to the Italy manager, he explained that it was “easy” to play the “champion” duel with Chelsea against the Whites. “Nothing was clear then. It’s important to be professional and at that time I wanted to eliminate Real Madrid,” he said. “It was a very special game, very intense. It was the first time I played at the Santiago Bernabéu. After the third goal, there was still a very good atmosphere. To be able to play for such a club is incredible,” said he of the second leg.

“I can’t describe what Madrid achieved at the ‘Champions’. When the final was played I already knew I would play for Real Madrid and I was delighted that they won because my team lost two finals had.” he said. “I can promise you that I will give everything for Real Madrid,” he continued.

He also admitted that there were contacts with FC Barcelona. “Yes, there was interest from Barça, but I told my brother whether I wanted to play for Real Madrid or not,” he said before discussing the possibility of making his Real Madrid debut in the Clásico on July 23 in Madrid to give Las Vegas. (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA). “Even though it’s a pre-season game, we want to win. It’s a unique feeling compared to watching it on TV,” he added.

Regarding the competition, Rüdiger assured that he was trying to “enjoy the pressure”. “I feel very fortunate to be here doing what I love,” he said. “Madrid have a lot of very good players, especially in our position. I feel pretty safe. I bring competitiveness, something very healthy. It’s a challenge that excites me a lot,” he said.

“I really like to talk, laugh, dance… but on the pitch I’m very serious, I don’t like joking around. My fighting spirit and leadership skills are what I hope to contribute. But first I want to learn Spanish as soon as possible as possible,” he revealed.

He also explained that one of his references is Portuguese centre-back Pepe. “He has some qualities that I love and he’s a good person off the pitch,” he said of the former Madrid player. “I remember Ronaldo Nazario, he was an idol. In my city everyone wanted to be a striker and Ronaldo. Zidane too, after his goal against Leverkusen,” he referred to other white legends.

Finally, Ruediger spoke about the differences between the different leagues in which he has played. “Having the opportunity to play in several leagues is something wonderful. In Germany, the league is very physical; in Italy it’s very tactical, it’s important to control every game; in the Premier you have to play a lot of games and they have all great.” Intensity; in LaLiga there is very good football with a lot of pressure,” he concluded.

Source europapress.es

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