At noon on Monday, the presentation of Antonio Rüdiger was made official, who expressed his admiration for the Euro Cups that rest in the shopwindow of the Madrid club. The German will wear number 22 for Real Madrid and his first litmus test will be against FC Barcelona.
During the press conference offered by the club, Rüdiger announced that, “there was interest from Barcelona, but I told my brother (his representative) that what I wanted was to come to Real Madrid”. And the thing is, the ´meringues´ performance last season in the UEFA Champions League left the defender motivated and impressed, “I wouldn’t know how to describe what Real Madrid achieved in the Champions League. It’s been incredible… I loved that Real Madrid could win that final… I want to be part of this story”, declared Antonio as a sign of his desire to be part of the squad.
Confidence and security to spare
At 29 years of age, Rüdiger not only bet on the ´whites´ but also on himself since, “it is known that there will be a lot of competition for the starting position, but I am convinced of my qualities”. Likewise, “I feel quite sure. I think I could contribute to the team and that there is healthy competitiveness in the team. It is a challenge that interests me a lot”, in relation to his expectations now that he is already wearing the 22 jersey.
Opinions about the new acquisition
For his part, the president of the current champion of the Champions League, Florentino Pérez, acknowledged that Antonio is one of the best central defenders in the world, also emphasizing that, for this new chapter in his life, “you have the Madrid fans”.
Since September of last year, the negotiation began, but it was not until April that Ancelloti made the call to finish convincing the German and that, for the coach, Rüdiger, “can help the team a lot” in addition to expressing who fully trusts the midfielder.
Yes but no
After learning that the now Real Madrid player was also in Barcelona’s sights, he will now have to debut against the team he rejected in the classic that will take place in Las Vegas, commenting that, “although it is a game of preseason we want to win… (because) I want to win all the titles”, according to the former Chelsea, who will give his best until June 30, 2026.
Welcome to the top
As usual, the presentation began with the signing of the contract, a press conference, the first touches of the ball with the shirt and everything said, Pérez urged the now number 22 that, “from now on, you are a Madrid player and you have opted for the biggest challenge of your career. Real Madrid will always accompany you so that in the toughest moments they help you overcome them, because with this shirt you achieve things that are very difficult to explain”.