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Antonio Rudiger confident he can prosper with Real Madrid after Chelsea move

‘Their winning mentality suits my character’: Antonio Rudiger is confident he can thrive at Real Madrid after Chelsea move, as he reveals how Carlo Ancelotti convinced him to sign for the European champions

  • Antonio Rüdiger came over from Chelsea to Real Madrid on a free transfer last month
  • German defender believes he has the mentality to succeed in Bernabeu
  • Carlo Ancelotti talked to him about what it takes to be European champions
  • Rudiger will play a key role in their LaLiga and Champions League defence

Antonio Rudiger believes his character fits with Real Madrid’s winning mentality and revealed that he has spoken with manager Carlo Ancelotti about the club’s ambition.

The German defender, 29, left Chelsea last month to sign a four-year deal with the European champions and has spoken about his move for the first time.

Asked in an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca on whether he could handle the weight of expectation at the Bernabeu, he said: “Yes, it’s busy, but it’s Real Madrid’s history.

Antonio Rudiger has spoken out about his move to Real Madrid and believes he has the strength of character needed to succeed at the Bernabeu after moving from Chelsea.

Antonio Rudiger has spoken out about his move to Real Madrid and believes he has the strength of character needed to succeed at the Bernabeu after moving from Chelsea.

Rüdiger has spoken to Spanish media for the first time since his move last month

Rüdiger has spoken to Spanish media for the first time since his move last month

“They are used to winning and the mentality is win. But their winning mentality suits my character.’

Rudiger is currently on international duty, playing for Germany this week in their UEFA Nations League matches with Italy and England, both tied 1-1.

But he had already envisioned his unveiling at the Bernabeu in the coming months, saying: “What I am going to say to the Madridistas and my team-mates that day is easy for me and I can say it here now.

“I will give my heart in every game and in every situation. I can promise. I’m going to give 100 percent every day.’

Real beat Liverpool to win their 14th European Cup just a few weeks ago, but Rudiger’s signing of 2021 European champions Chelsea was a signal of their intent to continue.

Rudiger has been mocked online in Real kit, but he hasn't been officially revealed yet

Rudiger has been mocked online in Real kit, but he hasn’t been officially revealed yet

He was featured in Germany's 1-1 draw against England in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday evening

He was featured in Germany’s 1-1 draw against England in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday evening

Rudiger spoke at length with Ancelotti, revealing: ‘It was a very welcoming conversation. He told me that everyone was very happy to have me at Madrid, and that makes me very happy.

“Obviously Ancelotti is one of the people who make Real Madrid very strong, but he is not the only one.

“There’s Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro… He told me they were all very happy and that makes me proud.

“It also makes me realize that I’ve done well over the past three years and that motivates me to do even better at Real Madrid.”

Real have just won the European Cup for the 14th time by beating Liverpool in the final

Real have just won the European Cup for the 14th time by beating Liverpool in the final

Rudiger won the Champions League, Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup during his five seasons with Chelsea, but it was Real that ended their title defense in the quarter-finals last season.

The defender is now following in the footsteps of Eden Hazard, who has cost Real more than £100million but has so far seen his time at the club wasted through injury.

Rudiger added: “I am very happy to be back with Eden, now in Madrid.

“I know it’s been a tough few years for him, with a lot of injuries and problems, but I still hope Madrid fans can see the Hazard I played with because he was undoubtedly one of the best players in the world .’



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