Antonio Rudiger keen on Real Madrid stay despite Saudi links

Real Madrid defender Antonio Rudiger is keen to remain at Santiago Bernabeu this summer despite rumours linking him with a move to the Saudi Pro League (SPL).

Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims the German defender is not planning a move to Saudi Arabia. He considers Madrid’s project the best in the world.

Several SPL clubs have expressed interest in Rudiger, including Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr, but the defender is not negotiating an exit and is focusing solely on Madrid.

Rudiger had an exceptional season with Los Blancos. He was a crucial member of Carlo Ancelotti’s side that won the La Liga and Champions League titles.

The former Chelsea star delivered the match-winning assist in the dramatic Champions League semi-final comeback victory over Bayern Munich in the second leg.

He also starred in Madrid’s 4-1 Supercopa de Espana final victory over Barcelona in January.

Rudiger was a mainstay in the Madrid backline last term, making 48 appearances across all competitions. He bagged two goals and three assists.

The 31-year-old only missed two games due to injuries and was a dominant force in defence.

While he only helped to keep three La Liga clean sheets, Rudiger was nearly unbeatable in the air, winning 69% of his aerial duels. He was also dominant in ground battles, boasting a remarkable 63% success rate.

The German centre-back is in the prime years of his career and has already established himself as a crucial player for Los Blancos.

He has two years left on his contract and is determined to continue with the European champions next season, shutting down rumours of a potential Saudi move.

Madrid are in the market for fresh recruits to bolster their options in defence and have set their sights on Lille teenager Leny Yoro.

The 18-year-old phenom is attracting plenty of interest after an exceptional campaign with the Ligue 1 outfit.

Madrid are one of the leading candidates to sign Yoro, but they face competition from Manchester United, who are reportedly prepared to offer above market price to seal a deal.

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